The Salvation Army Less Than Halfway to Fundraising Goal, Announces Kettle Cash Match
PITTSBURGH (December 14, 2023) – So far this Christmas season, The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division has raised more than $1 million across 28 counties, almost 43 percent of the total fundraising goal of $2.345 million. The Red Kettle fundraising goal for Allegheny County is $547,000. So far across the county, The Salvation Army has raised an estimated $220,619, 40 percent of the total goal for Allegheny. The Annual Red Kettle Campaign ensures The Salvation Army can continue its critical services which include feeding programs, rent and utility assistance, seasonal assistance, youth empowerment and spiritual programs.
Double your impact on Saturday, December 16! All cash donations dropped in participating local Red Kettles will be doubled, thanks to The Salvation Army Eastern Territorial Commander’s 2023 Kettle Cash Match Challenge. Cash donations received in person at Red Kettles throughout Western Pennsylvania on December 16 will be matched, up to $5,000 per each Salvation Army Worship Center. The local Division of the global nonprofit supports families and individuals across 28 counties in Western Pennsylvania. Locally, The Salvation Army is seeing an increased need for services. The Erie, Greenville, Rochester, Uniontown and Warren locations are experiencing a decline in donations this year and need the community’s increased support in funding critical, year-round services.
“Time is running out to make an impact before the season of giving ends,” Major Gregory Hartshorn, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army of Western Pennsylvania said. “We are just days away from the close of The Salvation Army’s critical fundraising period. Your donation today makes it possible for us to continue life-changing programs and services throughout the year. This work is only possible thanks to the generosity of our community, and we are humbled by the support we receive year-after-year.”
Donations to the Red Kettle Campaign can continue to be made in person through Saturday, December 23 at Red Kettle locations. Traditionally found at busy shopping centers until Christmas Eve, Red Kettles will NOT be out on December 24 due to the holiday falling on a Sunday.
Donations can be made anytime virtually by visiting salvationarmywpa.org. New this year, donations can also be made by texting the word “Kettle” to 31333. Donors can then reply with their ZIP code to ensure each donation goes directly back into the community where they reside.
Volunteers to ring bells alongside the iconic Red Kettles are also a critical part of the annual campaign. Visit RegistertoRing.com to find a shift and a location within Allegheny County. The Salvation Army would like to thank its Allegheny County Red Kettle Kickoff Sponsor PNC Bank. Additional volunteer opportunities can also be found on salvationarmywpa.org/volunteer or by contacting your local Salvation Army location directly. Click here to view The Salvation Army’s volunteer video campaign Silent Night, a moving depiction of the real-world impact of our programs.
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 134 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, visit salvationarmywpa.org. The Salvation Army … doing the most good for the most people in the most need.