FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Area business will soon hear bells, marking the beginning of Salvation Army’s Red Kettles fundraiser. On Friday, the Fort Wayne Salvation Army kicked off its Red Kettle Campaign.
Red Kettle ringers will collect donations at 46 locations this year. Although, there are only 16 currently open, including at all the Kroger and Scott’s locations. The Salvation Army’s campaign holds this fundraiser to support those in need throughout the year.
“During times of emergency such as flood relief efforts and emergency interventions, and during times of hardship for those who lose jobs or find themselves in a financial crisis, The Salvation Army is committed to those in need,” Major Harold Poff said. “We need the community of Fort Wayne to demonstrate that same commitment and help us help those in need.”
In 2012, the organization surpassed met it’s goal of $250,000. However, last year, they fell short of their goal and only raised $217,000. Because of some challenges, the local Salvation Army decided to lower their goal for the 2014 campaign to $235,000. Leaders said they’ve met challenges with the calendar and Thanksgiving being later, so the ringers do not have as much time to collect. They also attributed low turnout to the bad weather last year. They said more people are using credit cards, and they can’t afford to buy card readers right now. Leaders also said online shoppers are hurting the campaign because there are not as many people going to actual stores.
To make a donation to the Salvation Army, you can do so online here.
The Salvation Army is still looking for people who would ring bells with the Red Kettle Campaign. According to the organization’s website, ringing bells for two hours can help provide enough food to feed a family of four for one month and ringing bells for four house can help a family maintain its gas or electric service. If you would like to register to ring you can do so here.