Bell Ringing and Red Kettles Have Ended


The shopping, wrapping, and baking is over. You saw the Red Kettles and kept making a mental note to donate. The Salvation Army’s familiar bell ringing and Red Kettle campaign outside of storefronts ended on Christmas Eve; but there are still opportunities to donate and help your community.

Online donations can now give donors an additional option for supporting the vital Salvation Army programs and services year round in each community where the funds are raised.

“An online gift to The Salvation Army is a safe, secure method of donating. It’s not too late to make that end of the year donation,” said Major Donald Hostetler, divisional commander of the Empire State Division of The Salvation Army.

“Many of those in our communities – our friends, neighbors, relatives never thought that they would need the assistance of The Salvation Army. But these are not typical times,” Major Hostetler said. “In times like these, the need is increasing – to provide food, shelter and compassion,” he added.

While the visible kettles are gone, donations can still be made:

• online at

• online at a friends’ online Red Kettle

• via phone at (800) SAL-ARMY, or

• via postal mail to The Salvation Army Empire State Division, PO Box 148, Syracuse, NY 13206, postmarked by December 31.

“The Salvation Army is so grateful for all of the generous donations that have been made to our Red Kettle Campaign this year and we encourage all who didn’t have a chance to donate prior to Christmas will donate. Eighty-three, 83 cents of each dollar raised by this campaign goes back into the community for Salvation Army programming,” Major Hostetler said.

Red Kettle donations are used throughout the year to help provide vital services such as food, shelter, utility assistance, after school programs, counseling, youth and senior programs, disaster aid and so much more.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more 130 years in the United States. More than 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to

About the Empire Division

The Empire State Division of The Salvation Army covers 48 counties in upstate New York and one county in Pennsylvania (Sayre, Pa.). Our annual Red Kettle Campaign in November and December helps our 42 community and worship centers, service areas in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse and 167 volunteer driven service units raise funds that remain in each community.

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