Red Kettle campaign coming up short for Salvation Army

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - Just as the need increases, the Salvation Army of the Black Hills falls behind in its annual Red Kettles campaign.

According to a release from the Salvation Army, the organization is down around $24,000, a drop of 22 percent when compared with last year.

“Weather, store closures and the ability to find workers to man its locations have all played a part in the decline,” Salvation Army Major Nathan Johnson said.

Only 11 days remain before the funding drive ends on Saturday, Dec. 23. As of Tuesday, the Salvation Army has raised $155,313.96; which is just 40.34 percent of its $385,000 goal.

Still, the Salvation Army believes it can make its goal. A challenge is set for Dec. 20 when the Salvation Army hopes people fill the kettles with $20 bills ($20 on 12/20).

As for the need, the Salvation Army states that there is an increase in children to be served. This year, 1,908 children are signed up for toys; 211 more than last year. Angel Tree tags can be picked up at various locations. The charity is running short on gifts for girls 4 to 6 years old and boys between 7 and 9; and 10 to 12 years old.

Also, the Salvation Army is preparing a record 2,226 Christmas food baskets, with people on a waiting list.

People can mail in donations to:

The Salvation Army
405 N. Cherry Ave.
Rapid City, SD 57701