Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign slightly short this year

With two days to go before Christmas, the Salvation Army of Delaware says their annual kettle campaign is a little behind this year.

Salvation Army Delaware Coordinator, Major Timothy Sheehan, tells TV Delmarva News that Kent and Sussex Counties are roughly $15,000 behind last year’s total, with New Castle behind about the same amount as well. He adds that there’s been a larger need this year due to the pandemic and recent economic downturn for larger items, such as utilities and rent.

While there hasn’t been any unusual donations yet, Major Sheehan says about this time of year a few Red Kettles get mysterious, highly collectable and rare gold coins in a protector with a note thanking the Salvation Army for helping the community. He calls it a “Willy Wonka getting a golden ticket” moment and says it hasn’t happened in Delaware yet.

Major Sheehan says donations can be made at The website has a kettle for each county, so donors can choose where their money goes. The Red Kettle campaign will help 500 kids in Sussex County this year, with 400 kids getting gifts in Kent County.

“When you put change in, change comes out because it can change someone’s life.” Major Sheenan says.

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