Released 25 February 2013
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WICHITA, Kan. - Wichita red kettle campaign donations
improved dramatically in 2012 compared to the previous year, exceeding it by
$100,000. Total Wichita red kettle donations for 2012 were more than $1.7
"Once again, Wichitans stepped up and showed their support for community
members in need," said Glen Caddy, Major and Wichita City Commander with The
Salvation Army. "We'd like to thank all who donated to The Salvation Army this
past holiday season. Your donations truly make a difference."
The red kettle campaign is conducted each year as part of The Salvation
Army's Mission of Hope holiday programs. In 2012, the Army conducted its 122nd
red kettle campaign, which ran from Nov. 22 through Christmas Eve.
In addition to the red kettle campaign, Mission of Hope 2012 in Wichita
included the Warm Hearts coat drive; Angel Tree, Fill the Truck, and Christmas
Crusade toy drives; and turkey and grocery donations.
Through The Salvation Army's 2012 Mission of Hope program in Wichita:
9,666 children received Christmas gifts;
3,732 families were assisted;
16,427 individuals were served.
"Without Mission of Hope donations, we wouldn't be able to help people who
need it," said Caddy.
At a national level, 2012 was a record-setting year for red kettle
donations. Across the country, the generosity of donors helped The Salvation
Army collect $148.7 million in nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars (as well as
the occasional diamond ring or gold coin).
"There are times in American history when people unite around a common cause
and work together to help their neighbor. 2012 was no different," said
Commissioner William Roberts, National Commander of The Salvation Army. "The
Red Kettle Campaign signifies a unified goal - the public cares for people who
have fallen on hard times. Every donation allows us to meet our Mission to help
people in His name."
To find out more information regarding The Salvation Army's much-needed
support services, visit www.salvationarmy-wichita.org.