The Salvation Army's Christmas Kettle Campaign needs an extra financial push to
reach its $240,000 goal within the next two weeks.
The nonprofit agency is $25,000 behind in its fundraising schedule.
The kettle campaign has brought in $93,000 so far, compared to this time last
year, when $118,000 had been collected, according to George Lenkner, the agency's
Maj. Dennis Camuti, Corps Officer for the Salvation Army, said in a statement
that recent inclement weather has "put a damper on donations" by shoppers and
Fewer days, no gold: Both Camuti and Lenker said that having five fewer days
between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year has also limited the opportunities
for people to give.
"That's our main kettle season when most families are out doing their Christmas
shopping," Camuti said.
While the Salvation Army has received donations of coins from Canada and other
countries, there have been no contributions of valuable gold items as was seen in
previous kettle campaigns, Lenkner said.
"I wish we got some gold coins, gold teeth or rings," he said. "It's been quiet
in terms of extraordinary things in the (kettle).
The Salvation Army has kettles set up from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through
Saturdays at 20 shopping sites throughout York County, including grocery and
The campaign ends Tuesday, Christmas Eve.
Last year, the Christmas Kettle Campaign brought in more than $215,000.
The Salvation Army uses the campaign to raise about 10 percent of its annual $2.5
million budget, Lenkner said.
How kettles help: The agency uses campaign money to provide Christmas food and
turkeys to more than 2,000 families and to serve people in need throughout the
year. Services include prescription and utility assistance, and after-school and
food distribution programs.
Not reaching the kettle campaign goal would result in the Salvation Army having
less in financial resources to help local people in need, Lenkner said.
"We would love to do more, increase those levels of services," he added. "We need
more help. When you're passing by the kettle, please put a little extra in."