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ISSUES: Salvation Army Western PA Division launches 2020 Red Kettle Campaign

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Under normal circumstances the holidays can bring added financial and emotional stress to families and individuals in need. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased these factors. The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division is once again providing support during these difficult times.

PITTSBURGH -- Under normal circumstances the holidays can bring added financial and emotional stress to families and individuals in need.

The need this year is greater than ever as The Salvation Army assists those financially impacted by the pandemic.

When Sonja Bey recalls her family’s bare cupboards, empty refrigerator, and hollowed out freezer as the COVID-19 pandemic left them financially devastated, she can’t help but break down and cry.

“I cry because The Salvation Army filled them up and made sure we had plenty,” she said.

The Salvation Army Western PA Division continues to help those like the Bey family across 28 counties in the region, launching its 2020 Red Kettle Campaign – Rescue Christmas – this week.

The Salvation Army Western PA Division is now stationing its iconic red kettles at local retailers where people can donate safely to support local feeding programs and more in the spirit of the season.

The Western PA Division’s Kettle Fundraising Goal is $2.3 Million, and its goal for Allegheny County is $520,000.

Majors Jodi and Philip Lloyd of the Salvation Army Western PA Division recently joined Jordan Conigliaro on "Issues on the Point" to discuss updates to the 2020 Red Kettle Campaign and how the organization has adapted its efforts during the pandemic.

Ways to donate today:

-Visit www.salvationarmywpa.org/RescueChristmas and donate online.

-Donate digitally with Apple Pay or Google Pay at a physical red kettle.

-Ask Amazon Alexa to donate by saying, “Alexa, donate to The Salvation Army,” then specifying the amount.

-Give any amount by texting “KETTLES” to 91999.

-With spare change and cash at a physical red kettle at your local retailer.

-Shop at Walmart and “round up” your purchase with a donation at a cash register or online.

The Salvation Army’s Annual Red Kettle Campaign supports families and individuals in need in the community with:

-Utility, Rental, and Food Assistance

-Clothing and Other Basic Needs

-Free Youth and Senior Programming

The Salvation Army is implementing COVID-19 safety protocols and requirements at all red kettles to ensure the health and safety of Bell Ringers and for all donors. Volunteer bell ringers and additional kettle sites are always needed.

Please call (412) 446-1500 to contact your local Salvation Army for more information.

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