Because of government cuts and program restructuring, there is more need of assistance in Northeast Ohio. The Salvation Army is asking for your help.
CLEVELAND -- As we get closer to the holidays, we'll be seeing more of the familiar red kettles made famous by the Salvation Army.
The World's Largest Kettle came to the WKYC studios Tuesday morning to get the attention of the great need in our area.
Families across Northeast Ohio are now feeling the effects of government cutbacks and the Salvation Army is anticipating the increased demand for their services and are working to make sure no one is forgotten this Christmas.
In just one year the need has grown by more than 600 families. More than 3,200 needy families, including nearly 8,000, children are registered for Christmas assistance from the Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland this year.
Last year, more than 2,600 families received Christmas assistance.
The kettle campaign goal is $693,000 for the season, which officially runs from Black Friday through Christmas Eve.
The world's largest Salvation Army red kettle holds 1,100 gallons. If it was filled with quarters, it would add up to $800,000 for programs and services provided by the Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland.
It was announced Tuesday morning the WKYC morning show, that Quicken Loans kicked off the campaign with a generous gift of $10,000.
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In addition to that, the Salvation Army is also working with Chick-Fil-A and local schools with their "Gallons of Giving" campaign, which is an effort to fill the world's largest kettle with quarters or any coins.
Log on to www.SalvationArmyCleveland.org for more information.