BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Faced with a dramatic increase in requests for help, The Salvation Army in Bend aims to raise $ 145,000 this Christmas season through the Red Kettle Campaign, to help local families in the need. The Corps said Friday it had raised $ 79,806 (55% of goal) to date.
“Triple the number of families signed up for Christmas Aid this year,” said Maj. Michael Johnson, a corps officer with the Salvation Army Bend Corps. “Requests for assistance to utilities and gas assistance are also on the rise. If our kettle target is not met, our local Salvation Army Corps will not be able to meet local needs.
The tradition of the red kettle began 128 years ago and continues today as an easy way for people to help others in need. Your donation to one of our Bend area red kettles is essential to fund our programs to serve those in need this Christmas and year round.
The Red Kettle campaign officially began on November 20, and Red Kettles will be available at many local retail sites until Christmas Eve. For those who may not have cash on hand, donations to the Red Kettle Campaign can also be made online.
To donate now, visit RedKettleBend.org
About the Red Kettle campaign
From its humble origin as a fundraiser started by a Salvation Army captain in San Francisco in 1891, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and significant charitable campaigns in the United States. As part of the campaign, more than 25,000 Salvation Army workers and volunteers scattered across the country to ring bells and solicit donations of spare parts for iconic red kettles from holiday shoppers.
About the Salvation Army
The Salvation Army helps 30 million Americans overcome poverty, drug addiction, and economic hardship each year through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for those in need, the Army of the Hi is doing the most good in 7,600 operations centers across the country. In the very first list of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army was ranked as the largest privately-funded, direct-service nonprofit organization in the world. country. For more information visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter: @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood