CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Salvation Army is making a plea for last-minute donations to its iconic red kettles.
The Red Kettle Campaign, which concludes on Christmas Eve, is a major fundraising effort to support The Salvation Army's social services and emergency assistance programs.
Currently, the tally for the kettles in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky is about $100,000 shy of the $625,000 kettle goal, with just a few days left in the campaign.
"We were in the same situation this time last year," explained Matt Pearce, Development Director at The Salvation Army. "Donors came through in a big way for us, though, helping us beat the goal. We're praying for the same response this year."
This year, the Red Kettle campaign will conclude with a special event at the Bengals-Cardinals game on Christmas Eve. Red kettles will be on the plaza level at Paul Brown Stadium, with those coming to the game encouraged to 'give a buck, or more.'
The kettles are located at approximately 100 convenient locations throughout Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, including many Kroger and WalMart stores and other partner retailers.
In addition to the familiar kettles, contributions can be made by sending a check to 114 E. Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH, 45202, by visiting www.salvationarmycincinnati.org, or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.