The red kettles may be gone from the streets, but the Red Kettle fundraising campaign goes on through January 31, 2014, through donations made to The Salvation Army’s website, online red kettles, by phone and by mail.
Due to a shortened bellringing season this year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, donations in the red kettles were down by about 22 percent, raising $1.9 million compared to last year’s $2.4 million. Four anonymous donors have issued a challenge to area Chicagoland residents to help make up the difference by doubling any donation made online or by phone or mail by January 31, 2014, up to $250,000.
To answer the challenge, donors may make a donation on The Salvation Army’s web site at www.salarmychicago.org, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or texting SACHICAGO to 80888*. Donors may also mail a check to The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division, 5040 N. Pulaski, Chicago, Il, 60636.
“It’s not too late to give to the Red Kettle campaign, and to sweeten the rewards of giving back, any donation you give now will actually be doubled,” said Lloyd Wennlund, 2013 Red Kettle Campaign Chair and Executive Vice President of The Northern Trust Company. “Imagine dropping a coin into a Salvation Army kettle and hearing two clinks. That’s what this match effectively does.”
“The needs of families, children and people living in poverty don’t end after Christmas. So, why not make the rewarding feeling that only comes through giving last beyond the holidays,” said Lt. Col. Ralph Bukiewicz, Divisional Commander of the Salvation Army Metropolitan Division. Whether it’s a dollar dropped into a red kettle or a donation made online, every donation makes a difference to our ability to serve people throughout the entire year.”
Throughout the year, Red Kettle funds helped The Salvation Army’s Metropolitan Division:
- provide 1.5 million meals to the hungry,
- serve 2,500 homeless at the Booth Lodge,
- provide 118,000 people in crisis with emergency rent, mortgage, utility, clothing or utility assistance,
- provide 23,500 days of child care to low-income children, and more.
Overall, The Salvation Army has received more than $10.6 million in donations of all types toward its $13 million Red Kettle Campaign goal. With Thanksgiving falling later in the month, leaving one less week between Thanksgiving and Christmas, The Salvation Army is working hard to make up for lost time and prevent having to make any cuts the critical social services it provides to area people in need in the year ahead.