FORT WAYNE–The Salvation Army officially began its Annual Red Kettle Campaign and Christmas fundraising season Nov. 15.
According to Social Service Director Timothy Smith, “The amount we raise in our kettle campaign directly impacts the number of people we able to serve throughout the year.”
The 2013 Kettle Campaign goal is $265,000.
“Many employees’ hours have been cut and their employers may no longer provide them with healthcare,” said Major Harold Poff. “This will hit the already struggling working poor who may have just gotten back to work. These are often the people we serve and we are praying the money can be raised during this Christmas fundraising season to help Allen County residents who will be in need throughout the next year.”
In fiscal year 2012, The Salvation Army:
• Provided emergency financial assistance to 2,733 families in need by helping them stay in their home (rent/mortgage), keeping them warm in the winter (utility assistance) and feeding the hungry (food pantry).
• Enabled 1,127 children to head back to school with 27,257 new school supplies in August 2012 through The Salvation Army’s Tools for School program.
• Assisted 830 families last Christmas. Through the Angel Tree program, 2,322 children were provided with new clothes, 139 teens received gift cards through the Card a Teen program and 259 families were adopted through the Adopt a Family program. The Salvation Army served 3,297 persons through Christmas programs in 2012.
• Provided a free after-school program for over 200 area youth. Daily homework help, mentoring and guiding young people to live within a moral lifestyle is the focus of this program.