The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign needs your help!
With just three days left, kettles are down more than $120,000 in Northeast Ohio as compared to last year.
In Greater Cleveland alone, kettles are more than $20,000 down. The decrease in income was caused by the late start of the kettle campaign. This year, many retailers limited kettle collections until the day after Thanksgiving.
"We basically started the kettle campaign about $22,000 behind last year," stated Chuck Vojacek, Kettle Coordinator for the West Park Salvation Army. It may be difficult to reach the goal of $650,000 in Greater Cleveland by Christmas Eve.
The kettle collections fund important programs throughout the year at Salvation Army neighborhood Corps Centers. If we are unable to reach our goal, it will definitely impact the level of service we are able to provide.
The familiar red kettle has been in use since 1891, when a Salvation Army officer used a similar "pot" to collect money for a community Christmas dinner in San Francisco. Today, the red kettle has become synonymous with Christmas itself.
The arrivals of the kettles mark the start of the Christmas fund-raising season for The Salvation Army. From Thanksgiving through Christmas, The Army amasses more than 75% of its fund-raising income for the entire year.
The 2009 Red Kettle Campaign is important to the people of Greater Cleveland. The money collected funds year-round services and programs in some of Cleveland's most impoverished neighborhoods. When you donate to the kettles you provide:
· Christmas presents for children who would otherwise go without.
· Food for the hungry.
· Utility assistance to help heat homes.
· In-home programs to help seniors maintain their independence and avoid nursing home care.
· Quality day care
· Recreation programs to keep kids out of trouble.
· Educational services to improve school performance and help kids succeed.
· Counseling and referral services.
· Youth development programs.
· Day Camp
· And much more…
This year, the need throughout Greater Cleveland is more than ever before. Requests for hunger services have increased 30%.
We ask every resident in Cuyahoga County to give generously to the kettles. If everyone in Cuyahoga County could give just a dollar, we will more than exceed the goal. "Remember, when you put money in, you can expect CHANGE".