The Salvation Army Seeks Donations, Volunteers to Support Red Kettle Campaign
PITTSBURGH (December 8, 2022) – The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division is urging the community to donate to this year’s Red Kettle Campaign, which supports families and individuals across 28 counties. This fundraiser, which lasts through December 24, ensures The Salvation Army can continue its critical services to our neighbors, which include feeding programs, rent and utility assistance, seasonal assistance, youth empowerment and spiritual programs.
So far, the Division has raised an estimated $673,590 across 28 counties, about 29 percent of the total fundraising goal of $2.294 million. The fundraising goal for Allegheny County is $565,500. So far, the county has raised an estimated $113,772, about 20 percent of its total goal for Allegheny.
“This is the most critical time of year for our organization,” said Major Gregory Hartshorn, Divisional Commander, The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division. “Like you, and so many of the families we are serving, we are not immune to the impacts of inflation. As prices increase, so has the cost of operating our critical social services initiatives. We encourage everyone to give what they can, as these gifts go well beyond the Christmas season. This funding is important to sustaining our services into the next 12 months and beyond.”
An important part of this annual fundraiser is the iconic bell ringers. The Division is in need of volunteers to stand at red kettles. Every donation received goes directly back into the community where it is received. Visit salvationarmywpa.org/volunteer to sign up for a shift or call your local Salvation Army Corps.
Donations can also be made virtually at any time by visiting salvationarmywpa.org/LoveBeyond. We thank our Allegheny County Red Kettle Kickoff Sponsor PNC Bank for their continued support. New this year, monetary donations can now be dropped off directly at PNC branches throughout Western Pennsylvania through Dec. 31, 2022.
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, visit wpa.salvationarmy.org. The Salvation Army … doing the most good for the most people in the most need.