For the seventh consecutive year, The Salvation Army will hold a Kettle Blitz Day throughout Northern New England Thursday, Dec. 17.

The Divisional Kettle Blitz is a one-day competition among Salvation Army corps in hopes to increase donations, since the division is 48% behind their planned goal compared to last year’s income at this time.

Due to the pandemic, The Salvation Army is seeing a significant decrease in funds raised through red kettles. Every donation provides aid to those in need. Support is needed to ensure services and programs continue during the holidays and throughout the year.

In addition to giving directly to the red kettle, The Salvation Army has provided other options to donate this year. Those interested can give any amount by the following methods:

  • Text “KETTLE” to 91999
  • Visit to donate
  • Ask Amazon Alexa to donate by saying, “Alexa, donate to The Salvation Army,” then specify amount
  • Digitally with Apple Pay or Google Pay at any Salvation Army kettle.

The Salvation Army is encouraging the public to help the organization meet its annual goal by contributing during “Kettle Blitz” Day Thursday, Dec. 17 at red kettles or online.

This year, The Salvation Army implemented protocols to ensure the health and safety of Bell Ringers and supporters. The Salvation Army set a goal of $1,766,000 in its Northern New England Division which covers Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Last year, there were more than 300 Red Kettles located at major retailers. This year, because of the COVID-19 surge, The Salvation Army lost half of its kettle locations.

“Kettle Blitz” Day is intended to draw attention to society’s casualties, individuals and families struggling to survive this winter. The Salvation Army assists them by providing food, clothing and toys for youngsters during the winter holidays. Last year in Northern New England, The Salvation Army assisted 95,000 individuals throughout the year.

All funds stay locally. Make donations at any kettle in the community.