The annual Red Kettle Campaign is The Salvation Army’s major fundraiser for its annual programs, and with an extreme dip in kettle donations this year, those programs are in danger of not being fully funded.
Compared to this time last year, local kettle donations are down overall by $60,000.
The goal for the 2018 Red Kettle Campaign is $250,000. With only three more Red Kettle days through Christmas Eve, The Salvation Army may not reach that goal.
The rainy weather has played a substantial role in fewer kettle donations throughout the season.
“The money collected at the red kettles this time of year serves as part of the annual operating budget for the following year,” says Major Ray Morton, Corps Officer, The Salvation Army of Northwest Louisiana. “It goes to feed and house our 100 residents at Merkle Center of Hope, provide after school programs for youth ages 6-18, and much more.”
Major Ray Morton adds, “The Salvation Army is very thankful for the community’s support with this year’s Angel Tree program. Through your generous donations we were able to serve area youth whose families had recently fallen on hard times throughout the eight-parish service area we serve. Now, we need your help to fund our annual programs before the end of the year.”
There are still ways you can donate to help support local programs, even after the kettles wrap up on Christmas Eve.
An online red kettle has been created and you can access that link through Facebook, go to The Salvation Army Shreveport-Bossier.
You can also donate by mail at PO Box 1158, Shreveport, LA 71163 and online at http://salvationarmyalm.org/shreveport