Bells Ringing Signify Official Start Of Salvation Army Red Kettle Christmas Campaign - Goals Are Lofty - Needs Are Great

24 Nov, 2015, 07:15 ET from The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division

CARNEGIE, Pa., Nov. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The day after Thanksgiving marks the day when The Salvation Army of Western Pennsylvania's 40 Worship and Service Centers, 10 Service Centers and 107 Service Units officially kick off the Annual Red Kettle Christmas Campaign in full force.  Just like retailers everywhere, The Salvation Army would love for it to be a day of rejoicing about having enough money to operate successfully throughout the entire fiscal year.  Their goal is to be able to meet the ever increasing needs of the communities in which it operates through the kindness and goodness of those who provide support.  They set out with a strong faith that the people of this region can help them to achieve this year's goal of $2,604,268. The Allegheny County goal is set at $665,000.  Goals are based on each of the facility's individual budgets and anticipated needs for the current fiscal year. 

"Literally thousands of families across the division rely on us for a vast array of programs and services.  Some need help with some groceries to get them through until their next paycheck.  For others, it may be more complicated.  But whatever the issue, we strive to meet each client's needs with dignity and respect," said Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army's Western Pennsylvania Division, Major Deborah Sedlar. "When you give to The Salvation Army, you can be assured that your donation is helping people in your community."

Volunteers, bell ringers and additional kettle sites are always needed.  Please contact your local Salvation Army for more information.  In Allegheny County, please call Volunteer Coordinator, Jennifer Brown at 412.446.1512.  Those who want to help can also ring a virtual bell from the comfort of their own home by hosting an Online Red Kettle.  It's easy to set up a kettle and ask your contacts to contribute securely online.  Corporations can host company kettles and set up departments as teams to organize a fun internal competition.  Conduct your own kettle campaign or donate yourself at www.OnlineRedKettle.org.  For more information or help with Online Kettles, please contact Zack D'Ulisse at 412.446.1643.

Both a church and a social service organization, The Salvation Army celebrates its 150th Anniversary this year-- founded in 1865 in London, England. Today, it provides critical services in 127 countries worldwide.  The 28-county Western Pennsylvania Division serves thousands of needy families through a wide variety of support services. To learn more about The Salvation Army in Western Pennsylvania, log onto wpa.salvationarmy.org, twitter.com/SalArmyPGH or facebook.com/SalvationArmyWesternPA.  The Salvation Army … Doing the most good ... for the most people ... in the most need.

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