Spokane's Salvation Army red kettle donations are up from last year despite reports of neighboring cities falling short this season. Donations dropped into the kettle help serve the Spokane community throughout the whole year. This year's goal is $380,000 with $60,000 to raise in the final week before Christmas.
"That is a lot of money but that is a lot of people we can serve with hope and love,"said General Ken Perine. He thanks the community for supporting the Salvation Army for 127 years. "I think our community recognizes that we need to help our fellow human beings and neighbors," Perine shared.
A large percentage of their donations are received on the final days of the campaign. Perine said he is worried about weather conditions. "With the weather dropping we are very concerned with reaching our goal of $60,000," he said.
Money goes a long way after being dropped into the kettle. More than 120,000 people were served at the Salvation Army campus this year. The Spokane Salvation Army is the largest food pantry outlet in the community, distributing 2.6 million pounds of food to over 37,000 people each year.
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The @SalvationArmyUS in Spokane worries the worsening weather will prevent the Red Kettle campaign from raising the $60,000 they need to complete their goal.— Danamarie McNicholl (@KREMDanamarie) December 20, 2017