Salvation Army Reports Fewer Donations, Bell Ringers During 'Red Kettle' Season

Dec 22, 2016

The bells that accompany the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign leave an unmistakable holiday song in the crisp winter air. 

18th District Cong. Darin LaHood serving as a Salvation Army bell ringer Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Peoria, Grand Prairie Hy-Vee.
Credit Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Congressman Darin LaHood picked up a red apron and took a shift at the red kettle today/yesterday. The Congressman says kettle donations are down about 30% this year. But an anonymous donor is matching the kettles dollar for dollar up to $10,000 through Friday. LaHood says that makes it an even better time to pick up a bell.

“I would encourage anyone to sign up or contact the Salvation Army on their website or give them a call to come out and be a bell ringer. They’re looking for lots of people to come out. And it’s rewarding to come out and support the Salvation Army and to meet a lot of people.”

The Red Kettles and accompanying bell ringers will be out through 4:00 Christmas Eve. 

It’s part of the annual Tree of Lights Campaign. The Salvation Army needs $1.9 million for the coming year. 

The fundraising total so far is nearly $790,000 or about 3% behind where they were last year at this time. The Tree of Lights Campaign runs through January 31st.