Salvation Army’s Red Kettle donations down

Warm weather is being attributed to the decline in donations for The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign in Connecticut and Rhode Island. This winter has seen temperatures well above average, feeling more like spring than winter. Online shopping impacts foot traffic, and fewer people are carrying cash. The Salvation Army of Southern New England’s goal is $2 million dollars. Currently, funds raised total $919,886.68, leaving more than $1 million dollars to be raised in less than a week.

Kettle income supports a variety of programs and services in Connecticut, including food pantries, shelters, emergency assistance, summer camp programs, school readiness, after school programs, as well as holiday assistance taking place in communities across the state.

Major David Champlin, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army in Southern New England said, “We are thankful for the generosity and support of the residents of Connecticut, and to all those who support us year after year. Funds raised locally stay local, helping us to provide for our neighbors in need. At The Salvation Army, $.82 cents of every dollar that is donated goes back to programs that serve the hungry, homeless, frail, and lonely. The money raised not only helps during Christmas and Thanksgiving, but also sustains vital programs and services throughout the year. When you hear the bell and you see a Red Kettle, please be as generous as you can be!”

Nationally, more than 30 million Americans are served by The Salvation Army each year. Thousands of volunteers will staff Red Kettles on street corners nationwide, collecting nickels, dimes, quarters, and occasionally, a gold coin.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an Evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter for the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information, visit http://www.salvationarmyct.org.

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