The Salvation Army of Western PA Depending on Generosity of Last Minute Shoppers to Reach Red Kettle Christmas Campaign Goal - Over a Half Million Dollars Shy of Mark

Dec 22, 2015, 12:25 ET from The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division

CARNEGIE, Pa., Dec. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As of the last official count as of the end of last week, The Salvation Army's Western Pennsylvania Division's Red Christmas Kettle Campaign is $503,667 behind its $2,604,268 goal.  Over $195,000 of that total is needed for Allegheny County locations, and Westmoreland County is short by over $71,000.  "The fact that we have raised over $2 million thus far speaks volumes about the kindness of Western Pennsylvanians.  But reaching our goal is of critical importance as needs throughout the region continue to increase," said Major Deborah Sedlar, The Salvation Army's Western Pennsylvania Divisional Commander.  She continued, "There is a precedent for the last week of the campaign bringing in large totals, as the 2014 campaign saw over $420,000 in contributions during Christmas week bringing the campaign to 101 percent of its goal at the proverbial '23rd hour'.  We're praying that lower gas prices, mild weather, last minute shopping, and most of all-- the Christmas spirit of giving-- will all play a part in helping us reach our goal again this year." 

There are currently 13 out of the 39 Salvation Army Worship and Service Centers with kettle totals at less than 70 percent of their respective goals.  These include: Braddock; Dubois; Erie; Greenville; Indiana; Latrobe; New Castle; New Kensington; Pittsburgh's Temple, Steel Valley and Westside Worship and Service Centers; Punxsutawney; and Rochester. Goals are based on each of the facility's individual budgets.  Money raised within each community remains there to support its own residents.   People who wish to give who may not be near one of the iconic red kettles are being urged to donate online at   2015 final campaign totals will not be known or reported until the second week in January 2016.

Celebrating its 150th Anniversary, The Salvation Army began in London, England in 1865 as both a church and a social service organization.  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, or  The Salvation Army ... Doing the most good ... for the most people ... in the most need.

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SOURCE The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division