CRYSTAL LAKE – The Salvation Army of McHenry County set a goal to collect $200,000 from this year’s Red Kettle Campaign. However, because of recent freezing temperatures, the campaign is short about $60,000.
“It’s difficult to ask our wonderful volunteers to stand outside during periods where the wind chill is so dangerous,” Executive Director Carol Lewis said. “Several of our partner stores allowed our kettle stands to be moved inside for a few days, for which we are truly grateful.”
With more than 50 red kettles set up around McHenry County, the Red Kettle Campaign is The Salvation Army’s biggest fundraiser of the year. But donations still are falling short of expectations.
“We want to serve in the same capacity as we always have. We need help in order to do that,” said Robert Miller, advisory board chairman of The Salvation Army McHenry County.