The Salvation Army Delaware recently announced that donations to its annual Red Kettle fundraising campaign are down throughout the state, presently at 50 percent of its overall goal.

The Salvation Army is encouraging individuals, corporations and groups to donate to the Red Kettle campaign.

“We rely on the Red Kettle campaign to help fund our many social services, which provide a lifeline to individuals and families struggling to make ends meet,” said Lt. Col. Stephen A. Banfield, division commander, The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware. “Without sufficient donations to the kettle campaign, I am concerned about our ability to meet the need for social services and continue providing the same level of service across the region.”

Proceeds from the Red Kettle campaign help provide year-round programs and services to local residents who are in need of food, shelter and utility assistance, emergency disaster relief, as well as numerous educational, music and after-school programs throughout Delaware.

Cash donations are accepted at any of The Salvation Army’s Red Kettles during the remaining days before Christmas. Secure credit card donations may be made at