The Salvation Army Connecticut & Rhode Island Red Kettle Forecasts

Jan 21, 2021

Meteorologists at television stations in Connecticut and Rhode Island came together to forecast The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign donations! Our local meteorologists are trusted forecasters and made their predictions! (see graphic above)

The Red Kettle goal for Connecticut was $455,000 and Rhode Island’s goal was $$225,000. The goals were set low as a result of the COVID crisis, expecting fewer Red Kettles, retail stores closing, job loss, and a national coin shortage. And the need increased as a result of the pandemic. The Salvation Army is serving a new population of families who have never needed us before. Many Connecticut and Rhode Island families were struggling and worried about having toys under the Christmas tree.

With the help of WFSB, NBC-CT, WTNH, FOX 61 and WJAR, The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign helped meet the needs of the community including feeding hungry families, helping people stay in their homes, and providing utility assistance to keep the lights on during this unprecedented pandemic.

In Connecticut, NBC-CT’s First Alert Chief Meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan’s forecast of $600,000 was the closest to the goal of $455,000. The actual amount raised in Kettles was $775,374.98.

In Rhode Island, NBC WJAR 10’s Meteorologist Christine Erne forecast of $231,500 was closest to the goal of $225,000 with $192,386.05 actually raised in their Red Kettles. Additionally, other sources brought the Rhode Island total to $384,772.10.

The first Red Kettle was put out by a Salvation Army officer in San Francisco in 1891. In that first year, money collected paid for a Christmas dinner for the area’s poor. Funds collected by the Red Kettle are the backbone of The Salvation Army’s mission and ministry.

WFSB – Ch. 3       $470,000
NBC-CT 30           $600,000
WTNH – Ch. 8      $458,888
FOX 61                  $461,000

WJAR10 – Anthony Macari       $231,500
WJAR10 – Christina Erne          $228,814

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