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Salvation Army Fundraising Totals Down 50 Percent, Urgent Plea For Donations


With just ten days left until Christmas, The Salvation Army Delaware announced yesterday that donations to its annual Red Kettle fundraising campaign are down throughout the state, presently at 50% of its overall goal.

Unfortunately, this year’s calendar is proving problematic. The late Thanksgiving holiday means that there is nearly a full week of activity unavailable to the Army in 2019.

While The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign in Delaware’s is in full swing across the State, with just one week left until Christmas, kettle donations are falling significantly short.

The iconic tradition of bell ringers and red kettles is the most recognizable fundraising effort of The Salvation Army. Passersby can place monetary donations inside the red kettles, which are stationed in prominent locations throughout Delaware until December 23.

The Salvation Army is sending an urgent plea to individuals, corporations, and groups to generously give to the Red Kettle campaign.

“We rely on the Red Kettle campaign to help fund our many social services, which provide a lifeline to individuals and families struggling to make ends meet,” said Lt. Colonel Larry Ashcraft, Divisional Commander, The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania & Delaware. “Every gift helps The Salvation Army provide hope and consolation to the neediest among us.”

“The people whom we serve in Wilmington and throughout Delaware face challenges every day due to poverty, homelessness, loneliness, and food shortages. We strive to meet these needs with love, grace, and hope, but we need your help. We cannot fulfill our obligations to the community without reaching our financial goals,” reports Captain Timothy Sheehan, State Coordinator for Delaware. “All red kettle donations stay in Delaware and in the County, they are raised in.
When you give to The Salvation Army, you are providing hope to your neighbors in need,” said Captain Timothy Sheehan “This great community has always been generous. On behalf of all who depend on the Army at this time of year, I urge your support and thank you for your kindness.”

Proceeds from the Red Kettle campaign help provide year-round programs and services to those who need food, shelter and utility assistance, emergency disaster relief, as well as numerous educational, music and after-school programs throughout Delaware.

Cash donations are accepted at any of The Salvation Army’s Red Kettles during the remaining days before Christmas.

Secure credit card donations may be made online at; or through Apple Pay and Google Pay at the Kettles.

Checks or money orders, made payable to The Salvation Army, can be mailed to The Salvation Army State Headquarters, P.O. Box 308, Wilmington, DE 19899.

The Salvation Army of Delaware is a faith-based, comprehensive human service organization whose programs help individuals, families and whole communities lead healthier, safer and more productive lives. Since 1879, The Army has held a record of accomplishment stemming from its holistic approach to providing for the needs of the whole individual – physically, emotionally, economically and spiritually.

The Army’s programming operates from Corps Centers and residential facilities throughout Delaware, offering: shelter, hot meals, counseling, early childhood development, recreational opportunities, music programs, after-school arts and educational programs, job training, activities for older adults, spiritual development, and drug rehabilitation.

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