The Salvation Army kicks off Creative Kettle Campaign, voting underway

ABC36's Cody Adams, Erica Bivens and Alyssa Andrews creative kettle.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Salvation Army has a new way to give back this holiday season.

The Creative Kettle Campaign gives area celebrities, businesses and organizations the opportunity to decorate those iconic red kettles for The Salvation Army, then the public votes on their favorite.

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Voting begins Monday, Nov. 25 for the decorated kettles on The Salvation Army’s social media platforms. Just “like” your favorite photo to vote or donate HERE.

The winners are determined by the number of likes and donates. The top five kettles will be revealed at the Fayette Mall on Saturday, Dec. 14th. Voting will continue until Dec. 25.

Morning ABC36 news anchors Cody Adams, Erica Bivens and Meteorologist Alyssa Andrews designed a kettle. You can view and vote for it HERE.

Funds raised from the Creative Kettle Campaign will benefit The Salvation Army’s emergency shelter, food pantry and clothing bank.

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Erica joins the ABC 36 family as a Co-Anchor of Good Morning Kentucky weekday mornings from 5am-7am with Cody Adams and Good Day Kentucky weekday mornings from 9am to 10am. Erica also anchors News at Midday from 12-12:30pm. She is also a Web and Social Media Content Producer. Erica graduated in three and a half years from Michigan State University with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism and specialization in Women, Gender and Social Justice. Although she hails from Michigan, Erica has worked as a News Reporter/Sports Anchor for the CBS-affiliate in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Prior to that, she worked for a PBS-affiliate there covering all types of news – even providing live reports for The Weather Channel during her first hurricane. She then moved to Lake Charles, Louisiana and worked as the Weekend Anchor/Reporter at KPLC, the NBC/FOX/CW affiliate. Erica comes to Lexington from the Huntington area where she worked at WSAZ, an NBC/CW affiliate in West Virginia, as a weekday evening anchor covering the tri states of Ohio and Kentucky as well. In addition to her background on TV, Erica has worked in radio, served as the PA announcer for the Class A "Lansing Lugnuts" and hosted Carnival parades in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Some of her favorite hobbies include running, reading, hiking, spending time with her husband and taking pictures of their furbabies. Erica is big on community involvement, having served as a board member for Dress for Success, volunteered as a Big with Big Brothers Big Sisters, worked on the Mayor's Armed Forces Commission in Lake Charles and hosted countless events. She hopes you can connect with her on Facebook: EricaBivensTV and on Twitter: @ericabivens or Instagram: erica.bivens. You can also email her at Please send all event inquiries via email. Erica is excited to explore Lexington and the outdoors and - of course - meet all of you!