The Salvation Army of Eastern PA & DE Sends Urgent Plea for Donations

SalvationArmy-3578Red Kettle Fundraising Campaign Totals Down 50 Percent

With just ten days left until Christmas, The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware announced today that donations to its annual Red Kettle fundraising campaign are down throughout the region, presently at 50-percent of its overall goal.

The iconic tradition of bell ringers and red kettles is the most recognizable fundraising effort of The Salvation Army. Passersby can place monetary donations inside the red kettles, which will be stationed in prominent locations throughout the region until December 23.  The Salvation Army is sending an urgent plea to individuals, corporations and groups to generously give to the Red Kettle campaign.

“We rely on the Red Kettle campaign to help fund our many social services, which provide a lifeline to individuals and families struggling to make ends meet,” said Lt. Colonel Stephen A. Banfield, Divisional Commander, The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware. “Without sufficient donations to the kettle campaign, I am concerned about our ability to meet the need for social services and continue providing the same level of service across the region.”

Proceeds from the Red Kettle campaign help provide year-round programs and services to local residents who are in need of food, shelter and utility assistance, emergency disaster relief, as well as numerous educational, music and after-school programs throughout Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware.

“Many of the communities that we serve suffer from high rates of poverty and unemployment. Philadelphia, for example, has the highest rate of deep poverty than any large city in the United States.  In order to help families through difficult economic times, it is critical for The Salvation Army to meet its donation goals,” said David Langford, Human Services Director, The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware.

RedKettlePhotos_023Cash donations are accepted at any of The Salvation Army’s red kettles during the remaining days before Christmas. Secure credit card donations may be made online at or by texting KETTLE to 41444 on a smartphone.

“Please remember The Salvation Army and your neighbors in need this holiday season,” said Lt. Colonel Banfield. “We are extremely grateful for your continued support and ongoing generosity.”

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware is a faith-based, comprehensive human service organization whose programs help individuals, families and whole communities lead healthier, safer and more productive lives. Since 1879, The Army has held a record of accomplishment stemming from its holistic approach to providing for the needs of the whole individual – physically, emotionally, economically and spiritually. The Army’s programming serves every zip code through 51 community centers and a network of volunteers throughout Eastern Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Delaware. Programs and services include: shelter, hot meals, counseling, early childhood development, recreational opportunities, music programs, after-school arts and educational programs, job training, activities for older adults, spiritual development, and drug rehabilitation.

Mission Statement: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

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