Salvation Army faces coronavirus kettle crunch
The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to put a major dent in the charity's main fundraiser.
It's midday at the Salvation Army, and the lunch line never seems to end. Hello, Aziz. Many is 300 people every day, showing up for a quick meal in a safe place. David Vincent is one of them. Be thankful this morning, those guys who is coming grateful. The nonprofit is here to serve, and they have seconds that you 30. Sometimes I come back into 30 sometimes nationwide. The Salvation Army is bracing for tough Times Co vid 19 leading to lost jobs and greater need, in fact, the organization predicting to serve up to 155% MAWR people in 2020 with holiday assistance. We do things from rental assistance to utility assistance to food assistance, and Captain Anthony Barnes says they're number one fundraiser. The red Kettle campaign may be in trouble. Some of the stories we used to utilize don't even exist anymore. And you know, there's certain places that are closed. And here's another bizarre challenge this year, the pandemic leading to a national coin shortage. There's less in person spending, meaning spare change isn't making it into circulation, and the red kettles depend on those coins by some estimates, making up 25 to 50% of what's collected during the holidays. Many folks that walk by they'll just dig, you know, in the bottom of their person in their pockets and are able just to put some change in there, and that happens pretty freely. We anticipate that that will be very different this year, which is why the fundraising starts early this year. The Salvation Army, asking donors to give online at rescue christmas dot org's all money race stays in the community in which it is given. And as for the bell ringers and their red kettles, it's part of our culture. It's part of this nation's history. Even that holiday tradition will be back. Helping fund Mawr Midday meals It's fantastic is marvelous through a pandemic and beyond.