$300,000 Kettle Match Offer Boosts Donations

Kansas City, MO– With four days left before The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign comes to a close for another season, the organization is hoping for one final push this weekend to help make its goal.

“We are $156,000 away from reaching our kettle goal of $1.6 millon,” said Major Charles Smith, divisional commander of The Salvation Army in Kansas City. “The community has been extremely generous over this past week, which has helped to make up our shortfall. But we are still behind and are hopeful that the final weekend before Christmas will make up the difference.”

The Salvation Army is reporting lagging donations all across the country due to a shorter bell ringing season this year.  In Kansas City, an offer from two anonymous donors to match up to $300,000 in online and kettle donations began last Friday and  goes through Christmas Eve.  “The Kettle Match offer has certainly helped,” said Major Smith.  “We went from being behind $200,000 last week, to $45,000 as of yesterday. So we are making significant progress.”

The Salvation Army’ s Red Kettle Campaign is the organization’s largest fundraiser and helps to fund programs for the needy all year long.  To make a donation online and have your donation matched, go to www.kettlematch.org.