Anonymous donor will match Salvation Army red kettle donations

Anonymous donor will match Salvation Army red kettle donations

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - You’ve probably seen bell ringers for the Salvation Army hard at work collecting money this holiday season.

Thanks to an anonymous donor who has pledged to match up to $20,000 in funds, your donation can mean much more this year. During December 8 and December 15, your donations will count as double and will be matched by that donor.

The Salvation Army’s mission is to help those in need. But they say it is a community effort. Your donations, no mater how big or how small, can make a difference.

“The people that we are assisting may be your neighbor, you don’t know the struggles they might be having or the health issues they might be having,” says Mark Turner, Major of the Evansville Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army said this is a huge opportunity for the community to lend a helping hand.

“It is vitally important that we raise the goal, so that we can take care of people throughout the year and especially during this Christmas season when God gave his very best and we celebrate Christmas through gifts,” said Turner.

The funds go towards providing food, shelter and clothing throughout the year for those in need, and to ensure that families can give their children a good Christmas.

So if you have a little bit left to give this holiday season, the Salvation Army says you should think of your neighbor, and pay it forward.

“The Salvation Army is giving a hand up, not a hand out and that is always just a feel-good situation," said volunteer Maria Hillenbrand.

All red kettle donation sites in Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties will be participating.