Cincinnati, OH (December 16, 2015) – The Salvation Army in Cincinnati today announced that its 2015 Kettle Campaign is currently almost $65,000 behind prior-year contributions, with just one week remaining in the campaign. To-date, the Kettle Campaign in Greater Cincinnati, including Northern Kentucky, has raised $407,282, compared to more than $470,000 at this time last year. To reach this year’s $800,000 goal, nearly $400,000 needs to be raised in the next week. The campaign ends on December 24th.
“We’re getting close to a ‘make or break’ situation as we approach the last weekend before Christmas,” stated Major Larry Ashcraft, Divisional Commander at The Salvation Army. “As it is with retailers, the final weekend of our campaign is the single largest opportunity for donations. Thus, as we continue to be off-pace with the collections versus last year, this is the time we need to ask people to dig a little deeper to help us reach the goal.”
Donations to the iconic kettles allow The Salvation Army to provide life-changing social services and other programs throughout the year. In Greater Cincinnati, The Salvation Army provides an array of social services, including Emergency Assistance, Housing and Emergency Shelter, After-school Programs, Emergency Disaster Services, Senior Services, Christmas Assistance and Anti-Human Trafficking. Operating locally for 130 years, The Salvation Army has relied upon its iconic kettle campaign since the 1890s.
The 2015 Kettle Campaign is present at approximately 100 local retail stores, with Kroger, Walmart, Sam’s Club, and Hobby Lobby as primary partner sites. The campaign runs six days a week, generally 10 am to 8 pm daily. The final day of the campaign is Christmas Eve, December 24th. Those interested in supporting the campaign are encouraged to contribute whenever they see the familiar red kettles. Those not able to visit a kettle can donate online at www.onlineredkettle.org, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by sending a check to “The Salvation Army” at 114 E. Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH, 45202.
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