The Salvation Army Launches 2021 Red Kettle Campaign in Allegheny County with Local Musical Performances

Nov 17, 2021 | by Stephanie Rex

Michael J. Densmore, Senior Vice President, PNC Bank Regional Manager, presents a check for $10,000 to The Salvation Army and its Divisional Commander Major Gregory Hartshorn as this year’s Red Kettle Kick Off Sponsor for Allegheny County.

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (November 17, 2021) –The Salvation Army is kicking off its 2021 Red Kettle Campaign: Hope Marches On this weekend in Allegheny County with special performances by the charity’s renowned New York Staff Band.

The Salvation Army thanks its Allegheny County Red Kettle Kick Off Sponsor this year: PNC Bank. We also thank our sponsors including EZ Storage, FedEx Ground, Peoples Natural Gas, and Word FM.

Sounds of the Season: Hope Marches On Christmas Concert, Presented by The Salvation Army’s New York Staff Band

  • Friday, Nov. 19 at The Salvation Army Pittsburgh Temple Worship and Service Center, 6:30 p.m. Reception, 7:30 p.m. Concert

Please join The Salvation Army for a Christmas concert presented by the renowned New York Staff Band. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and dessert during a reception held before the performance.

Together, we will kick off the 2021 Red Kettle Campaign in Allegheny County and celebrate the Sounds of the Season. With your help, Hope Marches On for local families and individuals facing the ongoing financial impacts of pandemic poverty.

This event is free, and we ask that you bring a toy to donate to a local child in lieu of purchasing a concert ticket. Please RSVP by registering today:

The Salvation Army Allegheny County Red Kettle Kick Off

  • Saturday, Nov. 20 at Various Locations in Downtown Pittsburgh from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Salvation Army Allegheny County Worship and Service Centers will station its iconic red kettles at key locations in the downtown area on Saturday, November 20 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., accompanied by members of the charity’s New York Staff Band playing everyone’s favorite Christmas songs.

The New York Staff Band represents the finest in Christian brass band performance.  Holding the distinction of being the first ‘staff band’ in Salvation Army music history, the NYSB meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards of musical practice and Christian ministry expected of such a model group. When the band released its first 33-rpm ‘long play’ [LP] back in 1957 under Staff Bandmaster Richard Holz, it was heralded as ‘America’s Foremost Brass Band.’ The NYSB has been and continues to be a trailblazer in The Salvation Army and brass band music making.

The Salvation Army’s Annual Red Kettle Campaign supports families and individuals in need in YOUR community with: Utility, Rental, and Food Assistance, Clothing and Other Basic Needs, Summer Camp Programs for Youth and Seniors, and Holiday Meals and Christmas Gifts for Children.

The Salvation Army Red Kettle goal for Allegheny County is $569,000.

Ways to Donate Today:

  • Visit and donate online.
  • Donate digitally with Apple Pay or Google Pay at a physical red kettle.
  • Ask Amazon Alexa to donate by saying, “Alexa, donate to The Salvation Army,” then specifying the amount.
  • Give any amount by texting "KETTLES" to 51555.
  • With spare change and cash at a physical red kettle at your local retailer.
  • By rounding up your online or app purchase at Walmart through Dec. 28

Celebrating over 150 years of global service as both a church and a social service organization, The Salvation Army began in London, England in 1865. Today, it provides critical services in 132 countries worldwide. The 28-county Western Pennsylvania Division serves thousands of needy families through a wide variety of support services. To learn more about The Salvation Army in Western Pennsylvania, log on to  The Salvation Army … doing the most good for the most people in the most need.


Stephanie Rex, Director of Marketing and Public Relations

The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division

Email  |  Office: (412) 446-1642  |  Cell: (412) 463-2942




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