Red Kettle donations needed in final days of campaign

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Christmas is now just five days away and time is running out to help the Salvation Army meet its goal for this year’s Red Kettle campaign. The final day of the campaign will be Christmas Eve.

The bell ringers have been out at dozens of sites around Western New York for weeks now, and have helped bring in hundreds of thousands of donations, but the Salvation Army of Buffalo is still only about two-thirds of the way toward reaching its $500,000 fundraising goal this year.

MORE | Click here for more information about how you can give to the Salvation Army.

The money raised during this seasonal campaign is critical for supporting all of the Salvation Army programs around our community throughout the year.

“We do get a little nervous, but we’ve got all the faith in the world in our community and our supporters,” said Demi Walsh, the volunteer coordinator for the Salvation Army of Buffalo. “We have 75 locations where we ring at so hopefully in the next couple days we’ll make our mark.”

Salvation Army leaders say the final week of the campaign is usually one of the strongest for donations, and donors who spoke to News 4 this week say they’re very happy to help. “It’s a wonderful cause and it helps so many people in our area,” said one donor from Buffalo, Carol Wilson.

Even so, this year has brought some extra challenges for the volunteer bell ringers trying to get people to drop money in the kettles.

More people are shopping online this year, so fewer people are walking by the Red Kettle sites. It’s just another sign of the times.

“Not as many people carry cash anymore and that’s something that we’re looking into for the future,” Walsh added. “Luckily for us, it hasn’t damaged us too much. We still have people that donate their time and their extra dollars to us every season.”

Of course, the more help the Salvation Army can get now, the better. You can drop your donation into a Red Kettle through Christmas Eve. You can also make a donation online year round at http://buffalo.salvationarmy.org

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