(November 14, 2018) The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia celebrated the season of giving with its Annual Red Kettle Kick-off on Wednesday, November 14, on the campus of Temple University with help of numerous community partners and friends, such as Herr’s and Dunkin’ Donuts. The Red Kettle Campaign, which runs across the region throughout the holiday season, aims to raise funds for The Salvation Army’s vital programs and services that have shared hope with those in need locally for more than 150 years.
This year’s Red Kettle Kick-Off showcased The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) program. An EDS canteen (mobile feeding unit) was on scene providing coffee and hot chocolate. CBS 3’s Chandler Lutz and Fox 29’s Hank Flynn helped serve the beverages, free Dunkin’ donuts and Herr’s chips to passersby. The Salvation Army’s brass ensemble entertained the public with festive live music. John DeBella, on-air radio personality, 102.9 WMGK-FM, served as emcee, with special remarks by Major WillieMae Lyle, General Secretary, The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia.
“Whether it’s feeding the hungry, providing shelter for the homeless, disaster relief or offering numerous education programs for youth and seniors – when you give to The Salvation Army, your donation stays in your community, transforming the lives of your neighbors in need,” said Major WillieMae Lyle. “Without generous donations and support from people like you, none of these efforts would be possible.”
The iconic tradition of bell ringers and red kettles is the most recognizable fundraising effort of The Salvation Army. All donations collected from the annual holiday campaign will fund programs that provide opportunities in underserved neighborhoods and change lives year round. Passersby can place monetary donations inside the red kettles, which will be stationed in prominent location throughout the Philadelphia area until December 24.
Credit card donations may be made securely by visiting www.SaPhilly.org or by texting the word SHARE to 41444.
Since 1879, The Salvation Army has provided assistance during the holiday season to enable the less fortunate to celebrate Christmas. The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia anticipates serving more than 11,000 Philadelphians with holiday meals, gifts and basic necessities this year.