Plea for help: Salvation Army’s Red Kettle down $60,000 for season

WAUWATOSA (WITI) -- The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Christmas Campaign is down $60,000 compared to this time last year.  This year’s campaign goal of $3.8M is critical to sustaining the more than 80 programs and a variety of critical services that help Milwaukee families and children in need.

The Red Kettle campaign supports The Emergency Lodge, where 30 to 40 homeless children and their families live throughout the year.  The 120 bed Emergency Lodge is full to capacity on any given day.

The Salvation Army’s Toy Shop, another program supported by the Red Kettle Christmas Campaign, provided 4,700 families, representing 10,400 children, more than 100,000 toys last week.

“Seeing a smile on the face of your child on Christmas morning gives a parent a special feeling of joy and relief.  That’s what your donation does,” said Major Dan Jennings, Salvation Army Divisional Commander for Wisconsin & Upper Michigan.

The Salvation Army needs your donation so those families in need won’t have to be. Today is the last day for bell ringers, however, there’s still time to donate to this year’s Red Kettle Christmas Campaign.

Here’s how you can give: