LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Salvation Army in Lexington announced Wednesday that its 2015 kettle campaign is currently over $30,000 behind prior-year contributions, and is making an appeal for additional donations to its iconic red kettles. With just over a week remaining in the 2015 campaign, over $115,000 dollars still need to be raised to hit their goal. Regionally, the Divisional office in Cincinnati reports that kettle contributions are lagging last year’s donations by 18%. The fundraiser is an important component of the agency’s operations, supporting programs not only at Christmas, but throughout the year.
“We’re grateful to those who have supported this year’s campaign so far,” stated Major Thomas Hinzman, Area Coordinator at The Salvation Army in Lexington. “Our donors have been very faithful to us for many years, and I’m confident they’ll come through again when word gets out that the kettle contributions are trailing behind last year.”
In Lexington, the 2015 kettle campaign has a goal of $350,000. The campaign runs daily, Monday thru Saturday, generally 10 am to 8 pm at local retail stores, including all Kroger and Walmart’s in Lexington, Nicholasville, and Georgetown. The campaign concludes on Christmas Eve, December 24th.
Those not able to support the campaign at a kettle location are encouraged to make a donation to a ‘virtual’ kettle online at www.onlineredkettle.org. Donations can also be made by texting “joy” to 91999, via credit card by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or by sending a check to The Salvation Army at 736 W. Main St., Lexington, KY 40508.