The Salvation Army WPA Division Launches Pilot Red Kettle Door Hanger Campaign This Week

Nov 5, 2020 | by Stephanie Rex

WASHINGTON, Pa. (November 5, 2020) – The Salvation Army Western PA Division is bringing its iconic red kettle to the comfort of your home this year, with a brand new pilot door hanger campaign giving the community the chance to donate safely and easily to this year’s Red Kettle Campaign: Rescue Christmas.

Salvation Army officers and volunteers will begin to canvass neighborhoods in Washington County this week, simply by placing door hangers that contain Red Kettle information on the front doorknobs of local homes. The door hangers contain a return envelope for donors to easily give via check or online in the spirit of the season. Other Salvation Army Corps across the division’s 28-county service area participating in this year’s door hanger campaign include: Allegheny Valley, New Kensington, Steel Valley, Chartiers Valley, Pittsburgh Temple (Mt. Lebanon), McKeesport, Indiana, Punxsutawney, Altoona, East Liberty, Clearfield, Grove City, Somerset, and Monessen.

“This year’s Red Kettle Door Hanger Campaign is a way that we can make it even easier for people to give and to support their neighbors in need,” said Washington Salvation Army Captain Amber Imhoff. “We know the need is greater than ever, and that many families are struggling due to the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you can give this year, we ask that you give what you can – every dollar makes a difference.”

This year’s door hanger campaign is a new aspect of The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign, offering a contactless way to give while bringing the red kettle directly to the homes of potential supporters who may not be heading out to retailers this season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is our hope that even though the ways we all prepare for the holidays may look different this year, that families will share these door hangers with their children and those gathered around their tables this holiday season as a way they can safely give together,” Captain Imhoff said. “Our neighbors may not hear as many bells this year as a result of staying home more often, but we need to help those who are struggling for what may be the first time ever in their lives to have hope, and to show them they are not forgotten.”

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
  • Free Youth and Senior Programming

The Salvation Army Western PA Division will station its traditional red kettles at local retailers beginning Thanksgiving week, where people can donate to support local feeding programs and more in the spirit of the season. Physical kettle locations will also offer Google and Apple Pay, providing a contactless, safe, and easy way for people to give and Rescue Christmas for those in need. 

Those who want to donate online to this year’s Red Kettle Campaign can already do so at www.salvationarmywpa.org/kettles. The Salvation Army Western PA Division provided 256,054 meals and 72,118 food boxes during the first three months of the pandemic, equal to 70% of the total meals and 50% of the total food boxes provided throughout the twelve full months of last fiscal year. It is estimated that we will serve up to 155% more people this year with Christmas assistance: helping to put food on the table, helping to pay their bills, offering a safe place of shelter and warmth, and providing gifts and toys for children.  

Donate Today: www.salvationarmywpa.org/kettles. Volunteer bell ringers and additional kettle sites are always needed. Please call (412) 446-1500 to contact your local Salvation Army for more information.

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 127 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 www.wpa.salvationarmy.org.  The Salvation Army … doing the most good for the most people in the most need.


Contact:

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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