Salvation Army Needs More Red Kettle Donations

BERWICK, Pa. -- We are in the final days before Santa comes down the chimney, and the Salvation Army is in crunch mode.

The nonprofit organization says red kettle donations are behind, making it that much harder to spread Christmas cheer.

For 20 years, Marqueen Naugle has been ringing that Salvation Army bell around Columbia County. The elderly woman, 85 years old, tells Newswatch 16 she comes out every day to help families in need.

"I just like people," said Naugle. "I just feel like it is what the Lord wants me to do."

At the Berwick Salvation Army Corps just a few miles down the road, Maj. Sheryl Hershey says dedication is needed.

The nonprofit organization says kettle donations are falling about 40 percent short of the overall goal.

"(With) our economy, people are not spending as much money and so when it comes to donating, they donate once or twice, but when we are out for 24 days it becomes a bit more taking on them," said Maj. Hershey.

Officials at the Salvation Army say donations that are put into red kettles not only provide toys for Christmas but also help feed families all year long.

"It also gets us through the year to help with our food pantry soup kitchen, our food bank. It helps us with our utility bills when people come in and need help with heat."

Courtney Kurtz says a simple drop in the red kettle made all the difference for her family's Christmas.

"If it wasn't for the Salvation Army, I do not think my kids would have had a Christmas. They are the main Christmas givers in the house this year."

The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign continues through Christmas Eve.


  • reichard (@reichard)

    Your segment refers to the “Salvation Army” as a non-profit organization — true, but misleading. The Salvation Army is a Protestant Christian church, a fact that was not stated in the segment.

    • jimbrony

      Well then, that changes everything. How dare they disguise their intent with an obscure reference like ‘Salvation’ in their title? 🙄

  • Megan Roloson

    Honestly, it’s very rare I have anything but a debit card on me. I normally just give to the food bank and toys for tots

    • jimbrony

      To be clear, their position is in favor of it only if: the life of the mother is threatened or – medical diagnosis has determined that life of the child will not continue after birth. They do not support it in cases of unwanted or unplanned pregnancy. Their positional statement is online for all to see.

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