Released 18 December 2013
With only six fundraising days left, The Salvation Army’s 28 County Western Pennsylvania Division’s Red Christmas Kettle Campaign is $1,280,224.55 behind its $2,729,030 goal. “We are prayerfully relying on the generosity of the last-minute shoppers,” said Major William H. Bode, The Salvation Army’s Western Pennsylvania Divisional Commander. “We have a strong faith both in the Lord and the kind hearts of Western Pennsylvania donors.”
The Western Pennsylvania Division’s 2013 Red Christmas Kettle Campaign goal is $2,729,030. The Allegheny County goal is set at $687,500. Goals are based on each of the facility’s individual budgets. Of 39 Salvation Army facilities, 29 are lagging behind last year’s figures. Those that are in deficit are: Aliquippa; Allegheny Valley; Altoona; Beaver Falls; Bradford; Corry; Dubois; Erie; Greenville; Huntingdon; Indiana; Jeannette; Johnstown; Kiski Valley; Kittanning; Latrobe; McKeesport; Meadville; Monessen; New Castle; New Kensington; Punxsutawney; Ridgway; Rochester; Washington; and Pittsburgh’s Braddock, Pittsburgh/Mt. Lebanon Temple Corps, Steel Valley/Homestead, and Westside. Money raised within a community stays there to support its own residents. 2013 final campaign totals will not be known or reported until the second week of January 2014.
Donors may also give online by logging onto www.OnlineRedKettle.org. The Salvation Army will also allow donors to support the Christmas Campaign directly through their mobile phone. Contributors can text the words “GIVEPGH” to 80888 to make a $10 donation to support the campaign. The gift will appear as a charge on the donor’s next mobile phone bill. The Salvation Army also offers a free update for the iPhone virtual “Bellringer” application by logging onto bellringer.salvationarmyusa.org. This free app enables friends and supporters of The Salvation Army to share in the tradition of being a Salvation Army bellringer by ringing a virtual bell right on their phone.
Volunteers of all kinds are still desperately needed. For more information in either volunteering at a kettle or providing a site, contact your local Salvation Army. If you are in Allegheny County, contact Captain Kimberly DeLong at 412-446-1548. Families are encouraged and welcomed to volunteer. If you cannot financially support the Red Christmas Kettle Campaign or volunteer, please contribute your prayers.