Snow storms and cold, rainy weather across upstate New York this month are blamed for a slow in donations to the Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign.
"We are asking the community to make a point to donate to the Red Kettle in this our last week of the holiday campaign," stated Major Donald Hostetler, divisional commander of the Empire State Division of The Salvation Army. The division covers 48 counties including all those in the Finger Lakes region.
In areas hardest hit by bad weather, many Salvation Army corps have been unable to set up Red Kettles in their communities, stated Hostetler. "With this type of weather, the shoppers aren't out either," he stated. "We rely on this money to carry each Salvation Army center through the year in order to help those who need us."
With the donations, Salvation Army officers and volunteers provide toys, warm clothing and holiday food baskets for those in need. All of the money raised stays in the area where it is collected.
In addition to donating in Red Kettles outside businesses, donations can also be made online at www.onlineredkettle.org. Or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or text the word "GIVE" to 80888 to make a $10 donation to the Red Kettle Campaign. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.