Last Minute Surge In Donations Helped The Salvation Army's Western Pennsylvania Division Reach Its Goal Of Over $2.6 Million -- But 10 Of The 39 Worship And Service Centers Fell Short And Still Need Help

Jan 07, 2016, 07:15 ET from The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division

CARNEGIE, Pa., Jan. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With over a half a million dollars left to raise in only one week prior to Christmas, The Salvation Army's Western PA Division was a little apprehensive about reaching its Red Kettle Christmas Campaign goal.  "But fortunately, as last year, the local media really rallied behind our cause and helped to spread the word about our needs.  We were able to exceed our goal and raise just over $2,721,300.00 due to the public's tremendous response.  We are so grateful for the generosity of Western Pennsylvanians," said Major Deborah Sedlar, The Salvation Army's Western Pennsylvania Divisional Commander.  Sedlar added, "Unfortunately, there are still several Worship and Service Centers who will be re-evaluating their budgets and trying hard to make up for the shortfalls of their campaigns in order to avoid cutting programs. In fact, 10 of the 39 centers were short of their respective goals.   I pray that those who are able will contribute to help those areas where the need is so great."   Worship and Service Centers who brought in less than 90% of their goal include: Erie Temple, Indiana, Latrobe, New Castle, Pittsburgh Temple, Rochester and Pittsburgh's Westside.  Of these, Pittsburgh's Westside and Temple fared the worst at only 65% and 75% of goal respectively.

Kettle goals are based on each facility's individual budgets.  Money raised within each community remains there to support its own residents.   There is still time to help the areas who did not reach their goal by sending donations to the local offices or to Divisional Headquarters at PO Box 742, 700 North Bell Avenue, Carnegie, PA  15106.  Please indicate the name of the Worship and Service Center and "Kettle Campaign" to ensure your contribution is credited properly.  Contributions can also be made online at www.onlineredkettle.org.    

Celebrating 150 years of global service as both a church and a social service organization, The Salvation Army began in London, England in 1865. 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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