Donor Challenge: Raise $10K in Three Days

Dec 5, 2021

The Salvation Army's annual Christmas fundraising campaign is underway and getting a helping hand from a local anonymous donor. For three days this week, December 9, 10, and 11, the donor will double donations made to Tippecanoe County Red Kettles up to $10,000.

While the donor may be a mystery, the impact of this match is not. If holiday shoppers increase their giving just a little, the goal of raising $10,000 in just three days is attainable. Once doubled, the grand total of $20,000 would help to fund weeks of services to the Tippecanoe County community in 2022. From keeping the food pantry stocked to providing funds for emergency financial assistance, these donations are used throughout the year to help local residents make it through times when they are struggling to keep a roof over their heads or feed their families.

The Salvation Army of Lafayette has worked throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to meet the needs of Tippecanoe County residents facing uncertainty and unemployment. With Christmas just around the corner, they are busy ensuring that families have a joyful holiday filled with hope and love, not fear and disappointment. Donations made to Red Kettles in November and December keep the hope alive for these families long after Christmas has passed.

"This gift is being given in the true spirit of Christmas," said Lt. Aaron Johnson of The Salvation Army Lafayette Corps. "It's our hope that the community will see this generosity and be inspired to give just a little more. Every penny counts, and every penny helps. We never know who will fall on hard times, but at The Salvation Army we are committed to being ready to help when that time comes."

Shoppers looking for a Red Kettle this week will find bell ringers at Walmart, Sam's Club, Big Lots, Hobby Lobby, Needlers Fresh Market, Rural King, Kohl’s, Macy’s and JCPenney. Anyone interested in volunteering to ring a bell this holiday season is invited to visit and find a location, date, and time that works for their schedule.

The Tippecanoe County Salvation Army has a goal of raising $115,000 this year through the iconic Red Kettles located throughout Lafayette and West Lafayette. Every donation given to The Salvation Army through the annual Red Kettle Campaign provides help and hope to those in need, and all gifts stay right here in the community where it is given.

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