Salvation Army holiday red kettle donations are down this year

Written by on December 9, 2020

Salvation Army holiday red kettle donations are down this year

By Chloe Nouvelle

December 9, 2020

Photo | Chloe Nouvelle / WLVR

Donations to the Salvation Army’s holiday red kettle campaign are down this year. 

The sound of bells ringing and coins dropping into Salvation Army red kettles is a reminder that  it’s the season of giving.

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But as of early December, the Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware has seen a 46% drop in curbside red kettle donations.

Elaine Rader is the social services director at the salvation army in bethlehem. She says the charity is seeing an increase in need for rent and utility assistance at the same time that contributions are falling.  

“Come this week, sometime probably today or tomorrow, I will be completely out of rental assistance. Once I’m out of money today or tomorrow, I have no idea of when I will be doing rental assistance again,” said Rader.

The charity says part of the drop in donations could be because some stores are asking them not to set up their curbside kettles…so stores can maintain social distancing.  

The Salvation Army is finding new ways for the public to donate at the red kettle locations they do have. Like allowing folks to use a QR code if they don’t have cash. 

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