Contributions to The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit’s 2019 Kettle Campaign Falling Short

Dec 17, 2019

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., (Dec. 17, 2019)The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit is encouraging the community to give generously during the last few weeks of the nonprofit’s 2019 Red Kettle Campaign. The Salvation Army is reporting it is 10 percent down in red kettle donations. Total contributions to-date are lagging behind projections to reach its $8 million fundraising goal.

“Nearly 600,000 hard-working people in metro Detroit battle poverty every day. We simply can’t afford to miss making our goal this year,” said Major Tim Meyer, general secretary and metro Detroit area commander for The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit. “We are counting on the generosity of metro Detroiters to help provide assistance to those in need, not only during Christmas, but throughout the entire year.”

Storefront red kettle donations, online and direct mail contributions, as well as major corporate and individual gifts, contribute to the annual end-of-the-year campaign goal. Funds will help The Salvation Army continue providing critical programs and services including youth and senior programs, Pathway of Hope, anti-human trafficking efforts, drug and alcohol treatment, free legal aid, emergency disaster services and more.

There are several easy ways to give and help our neighbors in need in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties:

  • Donating cash in a red kettle
  • Tapping any red kettle to pay via Apple or Google Pay
  • Visiting
  • Calling 877-SAL-MICH

Volunteer opportunities are still available to ring bells at hundreds of storefront Salvation Army red kettles around metro Detroit. Kettle donations account for more than one-third of all contributions. With this year’s goal, that’s more than $2.6 million in jeopardy when the red kettles are unmanned. Those interested in volunteering can visit to register for shifts through Tuesday, Dec. 24, excluding Sundays.

About The Salvation Army

Founded by William and Catherine Booth in London, England in 1865, The Salvation Army is a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to serving people in need without discrimination. This past year, The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit was involved in providing 2,493,786 meals and 573,968 nights of shelter for the homeless. The Salvation Army uses $.87 of every dollar raised to provide direct services to people in need each and every day of the year. For more information about The Salvation Army, please call 877-SAL-MICH, or visit us at



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