ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WOWO): The Salvation Army officially begins its Annual Red Kettle Campaign and Christmas fundraising season on Friday, November 15th.
The shorter bell ringing season last year had a big impact on the fundraiser. The kettle goal in 2012 was $325,000; the campaign raised only $251,911.
This year, Kroger, Walgreens and Hobby Lobby are allowing the ringing to begin November 15th. Big Lots stores will be available on November 22, 2013.
“This will be a blessing for our campaign,” stated Major Harold Poff.
Poff went on to say the amount of funds collected will go directly towards helping Allen County residents.
“Many employees’ hours have been cut and their employers may no longer provide them with health care. This will hit the already struggling working poor who may have just gotten back to work. These are often the people we serve and we are praying the money can be raised during this Christmas fundraising season to help Allen County residents who will be in need throughout the next year.”
The 2013 Kettle Campaign goal is $265,000.