CINCINNATI — The Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign is about to kick off, but while things may look different, there is still a need for donations.
This year, due to the pandemic and the economic struggle it created, the Salvation Army passed out more meals in their first quarter than they did in all of 2019. They are expecting a 150% increase in need over the holiday season as well, so they are starting their Red Kettle Campaign early.
The pandemic is also bringing about some changes to the campaign. Bell ringers will all be wearing masks while out collecting, and they will be wiping down their kettles after each donation made.
People have the option to donate virtually too since Salvation Army officials recognize people may not be going out as much and the few people who are out may not be carrying extra cash on their person.
"We are expecting less foot traffic at the stores," Major Timothy Lyle, divisional commander of the Salvation Army of Southwest Ohio and Northeast Kentucky, said. "We're expecting people perhaps not to carry cash or coin in their pockets. We are really hoping people will take advantage of using a virtual kettle this year which is a great way to give..."
If you would like to learn more or donate to the Salvation Army's virtual kettle, click here.
The Salvation Army's Toy Shop is also closed, but Toys for Tots is still offering assistance. You can learn more here.