BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Facing a dramatic jump in requests for help, the Salvation Army in Bend has a goal of raising $145,000 this Christmas season through the Red Kettle Campaign, to help local families in need. The Corps said Friday it has raised $79,806 (55% of goal) to date.
“Triple the number of families have signed up for Christmas help this year,” says Major Michael Johnson, Corps Officer at The Salvation Army Bend Corps,. “Requests for utility assistance and gas assistance are up as well. If our kettle goal isn’t met, our local Salvation Army Corps won’t be able to keep up with the local need.”
The Red Kettle tradition started 128 years ago and continues today as an easy way for people to help others in need. Your donation at any of our Red Kettles across the Bend area is essential to funding our programs to serve those in need at Christmas and year-round.
The Red Kettle Campaign officially started on Nov. 20 and Red Kettles will be located at many local retail sites through Christmas Eve. For those that might not have cash handy, donations to the Red Kettle Campaign can also be made online.
To donate now, go to RedKettleBend.org
About the Red Kettle Campaign
From its humble origin as a fundraiser started by a Salvation Army captain in San Francisco in 1891, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States. As part of the campaign, more than 25,000 Salvation Army workers and volunteers spread throughout the country to ring bells and solicit spare change donations to the iconic red kettles from holiday shoppers.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps 30 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter: @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood