Salvation Army creates weekend challenge to push towards its red kettle goal

On Saturday, December 3, every $20 bill placed in the Salvation Army’s red kettle buckets will be matched up to $5,000 by an anonymous donor.
Published: Nov. 30, 2022 at 5:05 PM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Salvation Army has created a weekend challenge so that the organization can get closer to its $285,000 goal, and all it takes is $20.

On Saturday, December 3, every $20 bill placed in the Salvation Army’s red kettle buckets will be matched up to $5,000 by an anonymous donor.

“We want people to know they can make a difference this holiday season,” Corps Cristian Lopez said. “This match is a way for one person’s $20 bill to be doubled in value in their community.”

According to the Salvation Army, the money donated to the organization, up until Christmas Eve, will go towards families this holiday season for gifts under the Christmas tree, rental and utility assistance, and holiday meals.

“The need people in Topeka are facing this year is greater than we’ve experienced in our lifetimes,” Corps Officer Lopez said. “We’re asking everyone to please find a few minutes on Saturday, find a kettle location near them, and make that donation that can help a family struggling in this crisis.”

The Salvation Army says that only physical $20 bills donated on Saturday, December 3, only will go towards the match. Corps Officer Lopez with the Salvation Army further said that this challenge will get them closer to helping kids have heat in their homes and toys under the tree.

“It is more people with big smiles, more children with a heater, more children with a safe place to sleep, or some of that money goes to buying toys for Christmas,” said Corps Officer Lopez.

This challenge applies to each Topeka bellringing location from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.