EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)–A southern Indiana charity will be receiving a big donation soon. The Salvation Army started this year’s Red Kettle Campaign in November.
But with less than two weeks before Christmas, a large amount of money will be added to the kettle.
The Salvation Army says Saturday will be a “match day”. That means all of the donations coming in will be doubled. It’s because of a generous anonymous donor.
Salvation Army officials say this is something that has happened in the past but they still look forward to it.
“Well we have a “match day” and an anonymous donor gave us $10,000 for tomorrow to match the kettle income,” Loren Carter says.
That means every penny that’s dropped in the kettle will be matched. Up to $10,000. But that’s not the only money they’ve been given.
“Last year we had about $25,000 for match money. This year we have $53,000 in match money,” Carter says.
Because Thanksgiving and Christmas fell close to each other they were worried about how much they would bring in.
“We’re six days less this year compared to last year and right now we’re at $108,000 on a $225,000 goal,” Carter explains.
Those with the salvation army say they know some who donate wait for a time like this to make their drop in the kettle.
“Say an individual plan to give a check or a large donation to the Salvation Army. They might hold it for a match date knowing that it would be doubled. So that’s very helpful for the receipts in our kettles,” Carter says.
The “match day” comes at the perfect time because they know what’s ahead for them.
“But we have the best days of bellringing ahead of us,” Carter says.
The match day is Saturday but volunteers will be ringing their bells until Christmas Eve.
(This story was originally published on December 13, 2019)