The Salvation Army’s iconic red kettles are feeling the impact of the short 2019 holiday season. With the last day of bell ringing set for Christmas Eve, many locations across Indiana are still far behind their fundraising goals. They are asking the community to help fill the kettles on these last few days to ensure that local programs aren’t affected by a shortfall.
Major Bob Webster, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army in Indiana, says the late Thanksgiving hit the organization’s fundraising hard. “A lot of our best locations don’t even start until Black Friday, so we lost about a week of bell ringing this year. Many of our Salvation Army programs depend on those red kettle donations to keep going, so we’re asking our donors to make these last few days really count,” added Webster.
The Salvation Army has more than 450 red kettles in place across Indiana. Last year these kettles raised nearly $3.4 million in Indiana.
Webster asks for you to consider donating the next time you come across one of the Salvation Army’s red kettles.