It's Kids' Day in Modesto, helping Salvation Army programs for children

Newspaper hawkers are out in force on street corners in Modesto today, raising money in the annual Kids' Day campaign for the Salvation Army Red Shield Center.

The modern day newsboys -- men and women who work for The Modesto Bee and dozens of other community volunteers -- are selling copies of the paper for $1. Proceeds go to the Red Shield Center, which administers programs for needy children.

This is the 14th year for Kids' Day.

Patty Tharp, a Bee circulation executive, said more volunteers were hawking papers this year than last year. The Bee expects to sell anywhere from 12,000 to 15,000 papers for the fundraiser.

"We had more of a presence on the streets, and sales are going well," she said just before noon.

Hawkers took to the streets at 6 a.m. and will continue selling papers until mid-afternoon. Donations can also be made through the Salvation Army website.

In the previous 13 years of Kids' Day, volunteers have raised more than $600,000 for Red Shield programs.

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