A generous donor bestowed a pleasant Christmas surprise in a Montgomery County, Maryland on a Salvation Army red kettle last weekend, a solid gold coin. Captain Karl Dahlin of The Salvation Army Montgomery County discovered the gold coin Monday morning when he opened the bright red bucket. The Canadian gold coin came from a red kettle located in front of the Giant Food in Cabin John on Saturday. It has a face value of $50 but may be worth as much as $1,200. Funds from the sale of the coin will help close the fundraising gap in this y red kettle campaign which is down nearly 15%. The money raised through the annual Red Kettle Campaign helps locally struggling families and individuals through a variety of services and programs.
The Salvation Army National Capital Area is asking for the community’s help to fill a gap in Red Kettle Drive donations before the campaign ends on December 24. The much-needed money will support services provided to those most in need living throughout greater Washington DC. Red Kettle fundraising is down 13% across the region in a year-to-date comparison along with sluggish donations by mail.
The Salvation Army uses Red Kettle and year-round donations to help struggling families, individuals, and veterans with emergency assistance; provide addiction treatment; give youth a safe space to learn and grow, and offer young homeless mothers with children a chance for a better future. The Salvation Army Grate Patrol provides hot, nutritious evening meals to the homeless living on downtown DC streets every night of the year and even through frigid weather.
National Capital Area Commander for The Salvation Army, Major James “Chip” Hall stated, “We are not sure why kettle donations are off this year. It could be as simple as fewer people carrying cash. Whatever the reason, our fundraising efforts have been affected, and we are asking the public’s help by donating a little extra when they see our kettles. There is no amount too small. Every penny, quarter, dollar, check, and credit card donation helps.”
Major Hall believes The Salvation Army will meet its goal of $1.4 million with help from the community while noting the importance in donating, “The Salvation Army makes the most of each donation we receive. More than 80 cents of every dollar donated directly gives hope to our neighbors in need. The donations we receive change lives in the people we serve.”
Major Hall said noted the many ways the public can pitch in, “Each of our red kettles accept cash, checks, jewelry, gold, and precious coins and at more than 250 locations around the region including most Giant, Safeway, and Walmart stores.” Additional donation options include calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769), visiting clicking the DONATE button on our website (www.salvationarmynca.org), or mailing a donation using the envelopes received at home. In Loudon, donors can text LOUDON to 91999.
The Red Kettle Campaign Drive ends next Saturday, December 24.
The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command assisted 80,744 people last year through a wide array of services. We offer emergency rental, utility, and food assistance, a homeless nutrition program, transitional housing for young mothers and their children, comprehensive substance abuse treatment, disaster relief, and youth enrichment through music and arts education.