The Salvation Army is reporting a 13 percent decline in donations to the organization’s iconic red kettles found throughout Chicago.
The kettles have been on streets and near shopping centers in the Chicago area since Nov. 19, with the goal of raising $12 million to fund the emergency and social services, the Salvation Army said.
But donations are down by 13 percent so far, compared to this time last year.
Feeding the needy continues to be one of the primary uses for Red Kettle donations, and food requests in the Chicago area are experiencing a 200 to 400 percent increase.
The donation decline is happening at a bad time due to the continuing economic downturn, as unemployment benefits for many people are running out and more people are turning to the Salvation Army for aid . Those wishing to donate online can host a virtual red kettle or sponsor a red kettle team at www.salarmychicago.org.