Released 23 December 2013
Red Kettles Still Behind
While Demand for Services Still Increasing!
RHODE ISLAND – There are five less days between Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2013. There have also been several days of cold temperatures and a few poorly timed snowstorms. Now, Christmas is just two days away and The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign is still coming up short!
“Our cities and towns are falling way behind this year’s goal’” commented Major Wendy Kountz, Rhode Island State Coordinator. “In Rhode Island, we are almost 25% behind our goal. Some areas are even higher!”
“I pray that the individuals who can afford to give more will come through for us. Demand is still increasing at an alarming rate. This has been a bad season for many less fortunate individuals and they are showing up at our door every day, seeking help, even after holiday assistance enrollment has ended. It is only with the generosity of our neighbors that we are able to help these struggling families,” Kountz said.
Christmas donations are used to support programs of The Salvation Army in Rhode Island year round. The funds raised support programs like after school programs for at risk youth; senior citizens and veterans’ activities; food pantries; and seasonal events like toys and gifts, and our Christmas meal programs. We are dependent on the generosity of the good people of Rhode Island to fund all of these activities. Hopefully when the public hears about our kettle shortfall they will write us a check or drop off a donation to help assist the individuals and families that need our help the most during this holiday season and throughout the rest of the year.”
Ultimately, people realize how important it is to help our neighbors who are less fortunate, particularly as need increases. Therefore, we hope that everyone will be just a little more generous if they can to help us meet our goal and continue to serve people in need. Even if you are not out and about, you can donate online via www.salvationarmyri.org or text GIVERI to 80888 to give $10 now, which will be applied to your phone bill.