SYRACUSE, NY – The recent cold weather and snowstorms have slowed The Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign across Upstate New York.
“We are asking the community to make a point to donate to the Red Kettle in this our last week of the holiday campaign. Many of our Salvation Army corps have been unable to set up red kettles in their communities because of the heavy snow storms and cold temperature. With this type of weather, the shoppers aren’t out either,” said Major Donald Hostetler, divisional commander of the Empire State Division of The Salvation Army.
“We rely on this money to carry each Salvation Army center through the year in order to help those who need us. All of the Salvation Army officers and hundreds of volunteers are working to provide toys, warm clothing and holiday food baskets for those in need. All of the money raised stays in your area, so when you make a donation this Christmas, you are really making change happen for your neighbors. Every Christmas, I’m humbled by the fact that Upstate New York residents are so eager to give people the chance to rebuild their lives. We are blessed by the many generous business partners that allow us to have kettles at their place of business,” he added.
Donations can also be made online at [www.onlineredkettle.org], by phone at [1-800-SAL-ARMY] or by texting the word “GIVE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation to the Red Kettle Campaign.
About the Empire Division
The Empire State Division of The Salvation Army covers 48 counties in upstate New York and one city in Pennsylvania (Sayre, Pa.).
Our annual Red Kettle Campaign in November and December helps our 42 community and worship centers, service areas in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse and 167 volunteer driven service units raise funds that remain in each community to help those in need.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States.
Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children.
82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org