Red Kettles Falling Behind

Dec 26, 2017 | by Rachael Fowler

Salvation Army Red Kettles struggle to meet goal

San Diego, CA (December 2017) – With only days until Christmas and the end of the Red Kettle Campaign, The Salvation Army is down by hundreds of thousands in Red Kettle donations from its goal.

After money was counted over the weekend, The Salvation Army in San Diego County still needs to raise $319,603 in Red Kettle donations to reach its $895,820 goal.  The Red Kettle Campaign ends on December 23, which means there is less than a week to raise these funds.

Christmas Eve is traditionally the biggest day of donations to Red Kettles, but this year it falls on a Sunday, meaning the Kettles won’t be out. With one day less to ring bells and collect at Kettles, it is even more pertinent that the people of San Diego County join together to help raise money for those in need right here in their own community.

All donations stay in San Diego County and help provide meals for families in need, Christmas toys for thousands of children and many other services throughout the year.

“We need Red Kettle donations to help people all year long,” said Major George Baker, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army. “Right now, we need donations to bring the miracle of Christmas to those who are hungry, those who have lost their jobs, those who hope to give their children at least one toy on Christmas morning. But when Christmas is over, those people still face hunger, job loss, discouragement and we desperately want to help them.”

If The Salvation Army’s goal is not raised, the organization will not be able to help as many families in 2018. Salvation Army officers worry that without meeting their goal, vital programs in San Diego County will suffer.

Those wishing to help can:

  • Drop change, dollars or even a check into the Red Kettles
  • Give online at
  • Mail a check to The Salvation Army

           2320 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

  • Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)

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