Bell Ringing, Red Kettles Have Ended – But Online Donations Can Still Help Community

SYRACUSE, NY – The shopping, wrapping, and baking is over.

You saw the Red Kettles and kept making a mental note to donate. The Salvation Army’s familiar bell ringing and Red Kettle campaign outside of storefronts ended on Christmas Eve; but there are still opportunities to donate and help your community.

Online donations can now give donors an additional option for supporting the vital
Salvation Army programs and services year round in each community where the funds are raised.

“An online gift to The Salvation Army is a safe, secure method of donating. It’s not too
late to make that end of the year donation,” said Major Donald Hostetler, divisional commander of the Empire State Division of The Salvation Army.

“Many of those in our communities – our friends, neighbors, relatives never thought that
they would need the assistance of The Salvation Army. But these are not typical times,” Major Hostetler added. “In times like these, the need is increasing – to provide food, shelter and compassion.”

While the visible kettles are gone, donations can still be made:

online at

online at a friends’ online Red Kettle

via phone at (800) SAL-ARMY, or

via postal mail to The Salvation Army Empire State Division, PO Box 148, Syracuse, NY 13206, postmarked by today, December 31.

“The Salvation Army is so grateful for all of the generous donations that have been made
to our Red Kettle Campaign this year and we encourage all who didn’t have a chance to donate prior to Christmas will donate. Eighty-three cents of each dollar raised by this campaign goes back into the community for Salvation Army programming,” Major Hostetler said.

Red Kettle donations are used throughout the year to help provide vital services such as
food, shelter, utility assistance, after school programs, counseling, youth and senior programs, disaster aid and so much more.