Two Weeks From Christmas And The Salvation Army Western PA Division's Red Kettle Christmas Campaign Is Only at 39% of Goal

Overall the division is ahead compared to last year, but Allegheny County is lagging behind

Dec 09, 2015, 07:15 ET from Salvation Army of Western PA

CARNEGIE, Pa., Dec. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In order to reach this year's Red Kettle Christmas Campaign Goal of $2,604,268, the Western PA Division of The Salvation Army must bring in another $1,588,617 in the last 15 days of the drive. While it is typical that between 50 and 60 percent of the total amount of money raised during the campaign is collected during the last two weeks preceding Christmas, the leadership of The Salvation Army is stressing to the public the importance of reaching its goal. "The Salvation Army provides critical services to the most vulnerable among us, not only during the holidays, but throughout the year. As needs continue to grow, we pray that the good people of Western Pennsylvania will continue to feel the call to support their local communities through The Salvation Army. I believe they know they can trust us to do the most good," said Major Deb Sedlar, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army in Western Pennsylvania.  

"In Allegheny County, we are currently behind where we were for the same time period last year by over $14,000, so I'm asking Pittsburghers in particular to please be as generous as possible when they see a Red Kettle," urged Major Tom Lyle, Allegheny County Coordinator. Three of the eight Allegheny County Salvation Army Centers that are currently at less than 30 percent of their goal are Pittsburgh Temple, Steel Valley and Westside. Outside of Allegheny County the areas of Monesson, Newcastle and Rochester have also failed to reach that benchmark. Only Kittanning and Sharon/Mercer are above 50 percent of goal. 

People who wish to give who may not be near one of the iconic red kettles are being urged to donate online at Those who want to help even more can set up their own Online Red Kettle and ask for donations from their family and friends. Monies will be directed to a Salvation Army location based on the kettle owner's zip code, or to a specific area they choose.    Corporations, clubs, service organizations, and school classrooms are all being encouraged to set-up their own online kettles.  

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 on to  The Salvation Army … doing the most good for the most people in the most need.

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SOURCE Salvation Army of Western PA