Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign falling behind


From Special Reports

With less than a week to go of bell ringing until Christmas, The Salvation Army finds itself falling behind the red kettle goal for 2019.

The annual Red Kettle Campaign is The Salvation Army’s primary fundraiser and the only fundraiser for the local Service Center in Newnan. The red kettles raise essential funds to operate year-round programs that make a difference in the lives of people in Newnan.

“The bell-ringing season is a whole week shorter than usual because Thanksgiving fell so late this year,” said Heather Creech, Director of The Salvation Army Service Center in Newnan. “Less days of kettles has resulted in us falling significantly behind as we work towards our 2019 kettle goal of $72,000. We have currently raised $48,000 and are praying that the community will dig-deep in the remaining days of the season to ensure that we can continue to provide help to those who come to us for assistance, often at a time of crisis in their lives with nowhere else to turn.”

The Salvation Army bells will continue to ring outside stores through Christmas Eve and the organization is optimistic that with the communities support they can still reach their fundraising goal.

“We are so grateful for the ongoing financial support and generosity shown to The Salvation Army. Every dollar helps!” said Creech. “These contributions stay right here in Coweta County and mean that we can serve a meal to someone who is hungry, keep the lights on for a family struggling to pay a utility bill, and provide a pathway to self-sufficiency for struggling families in our community.”

Donations to The Salvation Army can also be made online at or by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Volunteers are crucial to the success of the red kettle campaign. It’s not too late and is easier than ever for individuals, families, groups and businesses to sign up as a volunteer bell-ringer! Call 770-251-8181 and select the location, day and time you would like to ring.

For more information on the Red Kettle Campaign, or any other Salvation Army program, please call 770-251-8181 or visit the Newnan location at 670 Jefferson Street.

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