The Salvation Army Western PA Division in Need of Volunteers for 2020 Red Kettle Campaign

Oct 6, 2020 | by Stephanie Rex

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (October 6, 2020) – The Salvation Army Western PA Division is looking for volunteers across 28 counties who want to help Rescue Christmas in 2020, as this year’s regional Red Kettle Campaign prepares to kick off.

The Salvation Army Western PA Division will station its iconic red kettles at local retailers beginning in November, where people can donate in the spirit of the season. In addition, physical kettle locations will 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 give online to this year’s Red Kettle Campaign can already do so at

“The need now is greater than ever, and our dedicated volunteers have a direct impact in helping our neighbors across the region who are struggling, as there is no quarantine from hunger, from homelessness, or from poverty,” said Major Raphael Jackson, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army Western PA. “We are prioritizing safety for all as we continue to navigate life during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we know that it is now more important than ever to raise funds for people in need.”

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 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. 

This year, The Salvation Army is implementing protocols to ensure the health and safety of Bell Ringers and for all of our generous donors, including:

  1. Bell Ringers must wear a mask during their entire shift.
  2. All kettle equipment will be sanitized at the beginning and end of each day.
  3. As an individual approaches the kettle, Bell Ringers will be trained to step aside to allow six feet of separation for safe social distancing.
  4. Bell Ringers will not have any physical contact with any donations or individuals.

Those interested in volunteering for this year’s Red Kettle Campaign should visit, click “Locations,” at the top right of the screen, find their nearest Salvation Army Worship and Service Center, and call the local number provided.

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  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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