SYRACUSE — The December snow and ice storms have hampered red kettle collection efforts by The Salvation Army in Western and Northern New York.
“Last weekend’s ice storms caused a decrease in kettle donations and the week prior, the massive snowstorm also caused a decrease. The quarters and dollar bills dropped in the kettles add up and make up the bulk of The Salvation Army’s annual revenue. A decrease can limit the Army’s ability to help your neighbors in need,” said Major Karla Clark, general secretary (chief operating officer) for the Empire State Division of The Salvation Army.
Although the kettles are put away after Christmas Eve, residents can still make a donation to the Army through several different ways, she points out.
• mail a check to their local Salvation Army Worship and Service Center;
• make a donation over the telephone by calling 1-800-SALARMY;
• donate online on our secure website, www.onlineredkettle.org, or
• text the word “GIVE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation to the Red Kettle Campaign.
Major Clark added that a good New Year’s Resolution might be to volunteer for The Salvation Army. “At our website, www.SalvationArmyEmpireState.org those wishing to volunteer can register and they will be contacted by the officer in their community.”