Red Kettle

With Christmas only two days away, the Salvation Army is calling on shoppers to help it reach its annual Red Kettle Campaign goal.

The Salvation Army needs an additional $394,000 to reach its goal of $2.49 million – it’s short $73,000 at its Allegheny County locations.

The Red Kettle Christmas Campaign isn’t seeing as much green as the Salvation Army would like in Western Pennsylvania.

According to the nearly 150-year-old charity, 24 of the 39 Worship and Service Centers are trailing behind last year’s pace. Allegheny County is off by more than $37,500. The charity hopes to raise $577,000 in the county.

Major William Bode, divisional commander of the Salvation Army’s Western Pennsylvania Division, said the popularity of online shopping could be one reason for lag in donations.

The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division’s Red Christmas Kettle Campaign is trailing last year’s numbers by more than $312,000.

Thirty-five of the Salvation Army’s 39 divisional facilities are falling short of their goals, including those in Braddock, Homewood and Pittsburgh’s Northside.

The Salvation Army has a goal of raising $687,500 this holiday season in Allegheny County and more than $2.7 million in Western Pennsylvania. But with two weeks before Christmas, that might not happen.

The turkey hasn’t yet been served, but an iconic sign of Christmas will start popping up outside of stores and other locations – the Salvation Army’s red kettles.

“The goal for Western Pennsylvania is $2.7 million and the goal for Allegheny County is $687,500,” said Major Mark Mackneer, general secretary of Salvation Army in Western Pennsylvania.