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Red kettle image courtesy of The Salvation Army
Red kettle image courtesy of The Salvation Army

Salvation Army: Inclement weather may end this year's Red Kettle Campaign early


Fri, Dec 23rd 2022 01:30 pm

Donations are still needed to help The Salvation Army meet its fundraising goal

Submitted by the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army may have to end its 2022 Red Kettle Campaign fundraiser earlier than scheduled throughout the Empire State Division as the possibility of high winds, slick roads, blowing snow and frigid wind chill temperatures are forecast throughout most of the region for Friday and Saturday.

Typically, the fundraiser runs through Christmas Eve. A significant amount of donations are dropped into red kettles during the final 48 hours leading up to Christmas, as crowds of last-minute shoppers head out to local malls and grocery stores.

“The donations from last-minute shoppers are critical to our annual Red Kettle Campaign, as the funds collected just before Christmas can really help push us over our overall fundraising goal,” said Maj. Kevin Stoops, divisional commander for The Salvation Army Empire State Division. “Those donations help us provide the vital Salvation Army programs and services throughout the year to those most in need in our communities.”

Local Salvation Army services and programs include food, shelter, emergency assistance, youth programs and veteran services, as well as Christmas assistance for those families needing help putting presents under the Christmas tree and a warm meal on the table.

“Ever since the pandemic began, The Salvation Army has continued to make donating online and digital fundraising options a priority,” Stoops said. “And when a physical kettle is not available because of weather conditions or other external factors, donating digitally is a safe and secure way for the community to help us in our mission of ‘Doing The Most Good’ for those who need our help.”

As with the case of physical red kettle donations, digital and online donations stay in the community to help local families and individuals in need, Stoops added.

To help this year’s Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign make its goal, donations can still be made by:

√ Texting “RedKettle2022” to 51555

√ Donating online at onlineredkettle.org

√ Mailing a check to your local Salvation Army Worship and Service Center

√ Calling 1-800-SALARMY

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country.

In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

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