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Red Kettle Campaign in Final Days, Please GIVE!

December 20, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

URGENT: Please GIVE at the Kettles, Online or by Text; $755,000 away from $1.6M target


WASHINGTON, DC, December 20, 2010 – National Capital Area Commander Major Steve Morris is appealing to the public for additional support during the final days of the 2010 Red Kettle Campaign by giving as generously as possible in hopes of reaching The Salvation Army’s $1.6 million target.        


The campaign ends on Christmas Eve and donations remain far behind; about 24% lower when compared with previous years at the same time during a campaign.   The Salvation Army has raised $845,304 so far leaving a shortfall of nearly $755,000. 


According to Major Steve Morris, “The need is critical.  We need as much help as possible if we are going to reach this year’s target (of $1.6 million).  That’s the reason we are appealing to the public for additional assistance, in the hopes of narrowing the gap that currently exists.  We are over $750,000 away from reaching our target.  That’s money we’ll need for 2011.” 


Additionally, Major Morris said, “The Salvation Army assisted more than 83,000 people in 2009 including 25,000 who came through our doors for the first time.  Their personal stories may be different, but their needs are very similar.  Most of them are hard-working women and men who became casualties of the country’s long lasting recession and still tough economy.”  


Late last week, the DC Angel Tree opened on time at its temporary headquarters in Hyattsville.  A total of 6,000 DC kids are receiving a Merry Christmas because of the program which is partially funded by Red Kettle donations.  In total throughout the entire National Capital Area, 13,400 children are being assisted through the Angel Tree Program.


The Salvation Army is Doing the Most Good by providing individuals and families with grocery, utility or clothing assistance in communities all over the National Capital region.  Through the rental assistance program, 1,172 evictions were prevented last year.  A portion of Red Kettle Campaign funds is used for this program.  In the end, The Army is able to prevent a family from becoming homeless.

The Salvation Army’s Call to Action

Major Morris is asking everyone to continue to pray for The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign as it draws to a close in a few days and, most of all, give a little extra when you come upon a Red Kettle during these last days of the campaign. 

“If you see a Red Kettle, please give.  Whatever anyone can give adds up.  Go online to SalArmyDC.org and make an Online Red Kettle donation.  Try text giving; using your mobile phone.  Simply text ‘GIVE’ to 85944 and The Salvation Army will receive your $10 donation.  There are people in need here in the Greater Washington Area who are counting on all of us,” said Major Morris.


About The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command assists individuals and families throughout the year by providing a diverse range of social services.  They include feeding for the hungry, disaster relief and assistance for the disabled, elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. To receive help or make a donation, please visit SalArmyDC.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.  Visit us on Picasa, WordPress, YouTube, Twitter or Facebook at keyword SalArmyDC.

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