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Salvation Army in Bend sees much more need; Red Kettle Campaign at 55% of goal

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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.

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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 Follow us on Twitter: @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood

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  1. There are clearly consequences for going “woke” in their “Let’s Talk About Racism” guide. Too bad because there are a ton of people who are in need.

    1. I agree, that campaign totally turned me off. I usually toss in a buck or two and change when walking out of the stores where they ring their bell. Not anymore, most of my charity monies go to the local homeless shelters here in Bend and the food pantry in La Pine.

      1. Not surprising it’s the casual racists all chiming in. You should be ashamed of yourselves but I honestly don’t think that’s possible given your lack of humility, empathy or any trait that might define you as sentient humans.

      2. Despite the fact that they are now taking back what they said, “Too little too late.” The fact that that campaign even was considered has destroyed the faith of many. My grandfather was very vocal about how Unhelpful the Salvation Army was during WWII. This just confirms what he always told me.

    2. Yes it MUST be that because EVERYONE is a white hot nerve ending for every concievable instance of any organization saying or doing anything that might upset the thin skinned snowflakes and karens of the world.
      …..or maybe the ton of people who are in meed as you point out, are formerly people who used to help by donating?

    1. The Salvation Army as well as the Red Cross use only a fraction of money donated to help people. A lot of it goes for Admin costs and payroll for them.

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