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Wichita’s red kettle campaign at 57 percent of its $1.8 million goal

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at 10:30 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at 8:36 p.m.

Procrastination is as much a Christmas tradition as hanging stockings with care.

Last-minute Christmas shopping and baking. Sending cards with the holiday just days away. Add dropping donations into the Salvation Army’s red kettle campaign to the list.

A week before Christmas, the campaign has met 57 percent of its $1.8 million goal, spokesman Brian Carroll said Tuesday.

“We’re actually a little ahead of what we normally are,” Carroll said. “This week is the biggest week.”

The 50 red kettles will be at sites throughout Wichita until Christmas Eve.

A matching day last Saturday gave the campaign a $10,000 boost, Carroll said. Bank of America and an anonymous donor combined to give $5,000 to match what was put in the kettles.

An anonymous foundation will take part in another matching day scheduled for this Saturday, Carroll said.

Money collected from the kettles will contribute to the 2012 Mission of Hope holiday campaign with 83 cents of every dollar donated staying locally to support year-round social services, the organization said.

The campaign helped serve nearly 40,000 people in the area last year, according to the Salvation Army-Wichita. Nationwide, money from the red kettles helps feed more than 4.5 million people each year.

The red kettle tradition started in 1891 when the Salvation Army began trying to collect money to provide a free Christmas dinner for the poor.

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