The Salvation Army bell ringers are hard at work as their campaign heads into its final days. The economy appears to be having an impact on the number of coins and bills stuffed into the slots of the Red Kettles.
Major William Bode, the Western Pennsylvania Division Commander, says they’re a little behind last year, at a time when the need continues to increase. He says they’re seeing a lot of new people turning to the Salvation Army for help. However, he remains optimistic they’ll reach their goal.
Major Bode says people do not have to look for a kettle; they now have a social media campaign as well. You can give on line at www.onlineredkettle.org. You can find a virtual kettle for your local area, or start your own kettle and encourage family and friends to donate. The Salvation Army is on Facebook and Twitter as well with information about giving.
In Western Pennsylvania, you can also text the words “GIVE PGH” to 80888 to make a $10 donation to support the campaign. You can also mail donations to your local Salvation Army.
***Photo courtesy of The Salvation Army