Salvation Army Red Kettles down $13,000 from 2010

V100 FM as part of their on going community support hosted a food drive to benefit Salvation Army Milwaukee County food pantries. Salvation Army food pantries serve an average of 25,000 individuals annually. Since January 2011 request for first time assistance has increased 10 percent. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)

The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County is down $13,000 in their Red Kettles compared to this time last year.

“We are very concerned that we’re down so early in the kettle season. We need additional red kettle sites, volunteers and donations to keep critical programs and services operating,” said Major Roger Ross, Salvation Army Milwaukee County Commander. Ross further states, “The kettles take not only coins but also bills and checks!”

Eighty four cents of every dollar donated helps to sustain year round critical programs and services.

Here in Milwaukee County The Salvation Army operates 85 programs. Those programs and services include but are not limited to Christmas assistance, disaster relief, emergency housing, food and clothing, utility and rent assistance, employment services and summer lunch programs for children.

To offer your place of business as a bell ringing site or to volunteer and make a donations call 414-302-4300 or visit www.SAmilwaukee.org.