The National Capital Area Commander urges the community to make one last tax-deductible contribution before midnight on December 31 to help feed and shelter people in need.

Washington, DC (December 31, 2018) – Donations from the recently concluded 2018 Red Kettle Campaign, which ended on Christmas Eve, came up short of its target and The Salvation Army is asking for the public’s help during these final hours of 2018. Kettles were down roughly 13% in the days before the $1.5 million ended a week ago.

National Capital Area Commander Major James Hall said, “We were hoping to reach this year’s Red Kettle goal.” Major Hall continued by saying, “The Salvation Army depends on donations to keep up with the need and growing demand for services across the region.”

The Red Kettle campaign began on November 9 and ended on December 24.

Major Hall is reminding everyone the tough winter months present challenges to financially struggling families, “Many of the families we serve are barely surviving. These winter months will create an even bigger challenge for them – many will have to decide if they’ll pay the rent or mortgage (to maintain shelter over the family’s heads) but not pay their full utility bill or even buy enough groceries to put on the table.”

The Salvation Army experiences an uptick in requests for help during cold weather months. Families seek assistance for a variety of reasons – including rent, utility, and food assistance. The Salvation Army helped more than 33,000 households last year throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland suburbs, and Northern Virginia.

Major Hall said The Salvation Army has no plans to cut services, but emphasized more financial help is needed to continue meeting the increased needs of the community. “We are asking our supporters to consider making one more tax-deductible donation during these final hours of 2018. It would help us tremendously to fill in the gap left in our kettle fundraising.”

All contributions must be received by no later than 12:00 Midnight on December 31, 2018 to be counted for the 2018 tax year.

Below are ways to donate to The Salvation Army during these final hours of 2018:

 Online / Phone

Most major credit cards accepted.

Amazon Alexa

Donations can be made using any Amazon Alexa device by simply saying, “Alexa, make a donation to The Salvation Army.”