ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- The Salvation Army held its annual "Friends of the Army" appreciation luncheon today with one very special guest .
Former Chicago White Sox player Michael Huff was the guest speaker with this year's luncheon theme being "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."
Huff says his decision to get involved with the Salvation Army stems from the memories of the Red Kettle Bell Campaign he had as a child.
"They're going to be anchored in the community for generations," Huff said. "Seeing all of the good that they do and working with people, that's something that makes them unique. I know the White Sox and I enjoy being a part of a day like today."
Salvation Army organizers put on the event as a way to thank local businesses, corporations, churches and residents for their continuous support