Double your donation: Salvation Army to host Match Days to meet Red Kettle fundraising goal

The Salvation Army is hoping three Match Days will help the organization meet its Red Kettle fundraising goal.

As of Friday, the organization has raised 17 percent, or roughly $102,000, of its $600,000 goal.

To help with the shortfall Dec. 7, Dec. 14 and Dec. 21 will be considered Match Days. That means any donation made on this day will be matched by Associated Bank, McFarland State Bank and Midlands Psychological Associates respectively.

Some Red Kettle locations are also allowing people to donate money via their phones through Apple Pay or Google Pay.

Donations can also be made online or by sending checks to the Salvation Army.

“The money raised at the kettles stays in Dane County,” Steve Heck, the Director of the Operations and Development at the Salvation Army said in a release.

The Salvation Army needs more volunteer bell ringers with around 65% of shifts remaining unfilled as of Friday morning.

The Red Kettle Campaign supports year-round services like the organization’s housing programs, homeless shelters and community center.

“The Red Kettle Campaign is truly an act of neighbors helping neighbors and communities thrive,” Heck said.

Bell ringers will be out until 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve. There are currently 65 kettle stand locations across Dane County.

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