The Salvation Army's Kettle Campaign. (Photo courtesy The Salvation Army)

CK Red Kettle Campaign Needs Your Green

The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign is off to a slow start in Chatham-Kent and it needs your help.

Captain Karen Holland says donations are down about $20,000 compared to last year at this time.  She says the money helps about a thousand families in need at Christmas.

“Our kettle campaign is not doing very well to start off with. So, we’re really hoping for a pickup for the last couple of weeks,” says Holland.

This year’s goal is to raise $460,000, which is $5,000 more than last year.

Anyone who wants to volunteer at the kettles can call Amy at the Salvation Army at 519-354-1430.

Holland says the donations help families with food, housing and other programs throughout the year.

“The kettle money also gets us through the year. It helps us with our food bank and that type of thing and the different assistance programs that we serve the community with but we will still do the best to work with what we’ve got,” Holland says.

Holland is confident this year’s goal will be met once shopping picks up.

“We’ve got just short of three weeks left and once everybody starts getting into the stores and walking past the kettles, we trust that it’ll come back up,” says the captain.