Those Salvation Army red kettles -- so evident at Christmastime -- are being dusted off and will be placed at the gates of Target Field before the Twins' game Friday night on behalf of north Minneapolis families trying to recover from Sunday's tornado.

Kettle bell-ringers will be at all five gates starting at 5:30 p.m. and remain until 7:15 p.m., the charity said.

The bell ringers will be from the youth group Kids to the Rescue, which was started by two Minnesota grade-school girls in response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The group was organized to encourage kids to raise money to help other kids in distress and has been active with the Salvation Army every year since Katrina.

As of late Thursday, the Salvation Army has raised and spent more than $120,000 on providing emergency tornado relief to to 4,238 people. That includes $86,000 in financial support and 56,000 pounds of food and hygiene products.

This does not include the more than 3,800 people who have received meals and snacks from Salvation Army mobile kitchens, which have been active since the tornado.

Salvation Army officials are hoping to raise an another $1 million for housing assistance to families left homeless from the tornado.

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482