Salvation Army makes final holiday push for Red Kettle Campaign

VCSO deputies ringing the bell for the Salvation Army

Salvation Army makes final holiday push for Red Kettle Campaign

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Less than a week is left on the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign.

The money collected stays local and helps people in the area during Christmas and throughout the year.

14 News caught up with Salvation Army Major Mark Turner on Friday evening. He says they are still short by several thousand dollars, but if someone plans to donate in the near future, their contributions will go twice as far.

“Well, we’re really excited that we have a donor that’s come forward to say they’re going to match all gifts up to $15,000, so for every dollar that’s going to (be donated), it’s going to be matched,” Turner said. “We’re hoping people will be a little more generous knowing the donation will be doubled.”

Bell ringing continues through December 24.

Toy boxes are out until December 23.

At most of the Schnucks and Rural King locations across the county on Saturday, deputies with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office were out asking the community to give to the organization. Officials say typically around 50 deputies will sign up to ring bells.

Now more than ever, officials with the Salvation Army tell 14 News they need to raise as much money as they can.

”I enjoy coming out every year to do this for the Salvation Army,” Deputy Andy Norris said. “It’s very important for us to be out here to help encourage the people who have the ability to give and support the Salvation Army.”

At the Rural King location on Morgan Avenue, officials say a local family offered to match all donations up to $15,000. Sheriff deputies say this is why they were working a little harder Saturday.

You can watch our full interview with Major Turner in the video below:

Salvation Army makes final holiday push for Red Kettle Campaign

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