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.”
For nearly a century, The Salvation Army has worked to combat homelessness – providing safe and warm shelter for those who found themselves sleeping in their cars, under bridges or moving from home to home.
In 2013, Evangeline Booth Lodge provided more than 2,500 men, women and children with lodging, food, clothing and a path to permanent housing and stability.
The Army is also working with those in crisis to prevent homelessness. Clients can receive emergency assistance with rent or mortgage payments, food, utilities, prescriptions and other bills to help them remain in their homes.
Antoinette Chambers-Currin and her family were behind on their rent and on the brink of eviction. She reached out to The Salvation Army for assistance with clothing and food, but found a larger support network ready to help her. Read More
Thousands of children throughout Chicagoland woke Christmas morning to toys, games and clothes stacked under their Christmas trees with help from The Salvation Army Angel Tree program. The Army partners with individual donors and corporations to provide thousands of area needy families children’s gifts and a holiday food box with a complete Christmas dinner. Read More
For 19 hours, volunteers and staff members answered ringing phones during the WBBM Good Neighbor Radiothon benefitting The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division’s youth programs and services for children in need.
In addition to youth programs, funds raised will also support emergency assistance programs which provide rent, food, clothing, utility assistance and shelter to those families in crisis. Read More
Join us today at Navy Pier for the 18th Annual WBBM Good Neighborhood Radiothon Benefitting The Salvation Army. There will be live entertainment and special incentives throughout the day.
Date: Friday, December 13th
Time: 5:00 a.m. to Midnight
Place: Navy Pier Chicago
600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Terrace “A” West – 2nd Floor, outside of the Winter Wonderfest Entrance