Drastic drop in Salvation Army volunteers this holiday season

By: Jordan Vilines Email
By: Jordan Vilines Email

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) The bells have been ringing, but Salvation Army leaders tell us there haven't been enough of them.

The organization's annual Red Kettle Campaign just got underway days ago but we're told it's already thousands of dollars behind.

The Red Kettle Campaign is the Salvation Army's biggest annual fundraiser but this year they're $16,000 behind their target goal and employees say the reason for this is one you may not expect.

The bright red kettle and ringing bell are sights and sounds we all associate with the holiday season but during this holiday season, those signs are being seen and heard a lot less.

“We have always been able to cover the majority of our kettles but this year for some reason we just haven’t had that volunteer force out there working with us,” said Major Steven Ashcraft with the Salvation Army.

There are 45 locations in Lexington where Red Kettle Campaigns are typically set up, but not this year.

“We have been able to man about 20-25 of them each day. Tuesday was a really hard day. I think we only had maybe 18 or 19 of them covered so it’s just been a hard year.”

On any given day, one kettle location can raise anywhere from $200 to $1000 so as you can imagine, having only half of the kettles set up is a big financial setback.

“Leaving one stand unmanned really hurts us in the long run and it doesn't only hurt us, it also and more importantly hurts the people that we serve as well.”

Since it is the “season of giving,” employees hope more volunteers will give their time and effort to help those who need Christmas miracles the most.

You can also donate to the Salvation Army by using your Smartphone. Just scan the QR code at Red Kettle Campaign locations to make a donation by credit card.

For more ways you can donate to the Salvation Army, here's a link to their website:


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