Since the pandemic began, our service numbers have been rising and the need for a nutritious meal has increased locally more than 200% each day.
We are seeing many new faces and families, some have lost their employment, or have been laid-off work, others have had their hours cut back creating financial strain, some have children simply needing a nutritious meal each day. The elderly, are in a sense of uncertainty, being at high risk, wondering how they will get their food, medicine, or even schedule their doctor appointments. This is a difficult time for everyone in our community and we need to be vigilant and ready for those who come to us, call us, or reach out in any fashion for support.
The Salvation Army’s “Red Kettle Campaign”- a National Christmas tradition… is going to look much different this year. The Salvation Army relies on the donations collected from our annual Red Kettle Campaign to support the programs and resources provided locally all year long including our Soup Kitchen program, the Women & Children’s Shelter, our Food Pantry, Vouchers providing clothing to individuals and families in need, our Athletic and Educational programs, as well as Emergency Assistance that helps with evictions and utilities.
Our iconic bell ringers, that normally stand at the red kettles and ring in the praise of generous donations that are given will be limited this year. The Red Kettle Campaign is The Salvation Army’s largest fundraiser, we pray that support will still be given so that we are able to continue supporting the individuals and families that come to us each day. With your help, The Salvation Army serving Washington County, will be able to continue feeding the empty bellies and hungry souls this holiday season and throughout the year.
Each person who volunteers to be a part of The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign is “making a difference” in Washington County.