With less than 10 days remaining until Christmas, the Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware announced that donations to its annual Red Kettle fundraising campaign are down throughout the region, presently at 50-percent of its overall goal.
The tradition of bell ringers and red kettles is the most recognizable fundraising effort of the Salvation Army. Passersby can place monetary donations inside the kettles, which will be stationed in prominent locations throughout the region until Dec. 23. The Salvation Army is asking people, corporations and groups to generously give to the Red Kettle campaign.
“We rely on the Red Kettle campaign to help fund our many social services, which provide a lifeline to individuals and families struggling to make ends meet,” said Lt. Col. Stephen A. Banfield, divisional commander of the Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware. “Without sufficient donations to the kettle campaign, I am concerned about our ability to meet the need for social services and continue providing the same level of service across the region.”
Proceeds from the Red Kettle campaign help provide year-round programs and services to local residents who are in need of food, shelter and utility assistance, emergency disaster relief, as well as numerous educational, music and after-school programs throughout eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware.
“Many of the communities that we serve suffer from high rates of poverty and unemployment. Philadelphia, for example, has the highest rate of deep poverty than any large city in the United States. In order to help families through difficult economic times, it is critical for the Salvation Army to meet its donation goals,” said David Langford, human services director of the Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware.
Cash donations are accepted at any of the red kettles during the remaining days before Christmas. Secure credit card donations may be made online at www.SalvationArmyPA.org or by texting KETTLE to 41444 on a smartphone.