The Salvation Army, running $200,000 behind in its red kettle campaign in the Kansas City area, has announced that two anonymous donors are matching dollar-for-dollar all Internet and red kettle donations to the Salvation Army through Dec. 24, up to $300,000.
It is the largest match in the history of the Salvation Army in Kansas City.
“These two generous matching offers come at a critical time for us,” said Major Charles Smith, divisional commander of The Salvation Army in Kansas City.
“Donations to The Salvation Army’s red kettles are currently running almost $200,000 behind where we were last year at this same time,” said Major Smith. “Meanwhile, our Red Kettle Campaign goal this year is $100,000 more than last year, effectively leaving us nearly $300,000 off track to reach our goal by December 24th, when the kettles are put away for another year.
We are very concerned because our requests for assistance continue to rise.”
The Salvation Army’s red kettle campaign, which began Nov. 8, supports Salvation Army services year-round, including homeless assistance, feeding programs, emergency assistance, disaster services, senior and youth programming and more.
To donate online, go to www.kettlematch.org. The Salvation Army’s red kettles are located at more than 250 locations across the metro area and are staffed from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day except Sundays.