Charities and Nonprofits Rally for Donations on Giving Tuesday
If you've been to the grocery store recently, the ringing of the Red Kettle bell is likely a familiar sound.
"So our rent kettle campaign is well underway," said Captain Denise Martin, Corps Officer of the Salvation Army of Erie. "We're at about 12% of our goal so far. We've got about three more weeks to go, so we're hoping everyone digs deep into their pockets to help us out."
The Salvation Army is pushing people to donate on Giving Tuesday, which follows the trend of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday.
Captain Martin says having not reached last year's fundraising goals, there's a lot of pressure on them to perform this year.
"We did fall short last year, it made things a little bit more challenging this year come budget time to come up with, but we managed," continued Martin "God provides. So this year our goal is $130,000 and I'm really hoping we make it because I don't want to have to cut anything or trim back anything either."
Martin says they're not just looking for more money, they're hoping to find more volunteers as well.
"We have about 13 doors that we can stand out throughout the area, and I currently only have four workers out," added Martin. "We have those that are very committed and want to be out every day. We just need more."
One of those committed volunteers is longtime bell ringer, David Austin, a holiday staple at the Tops on 38th & Liberty, who has been volunteering with the Salvation Army for 27 years.
"I do it because of what Salvation Army has done for me," said Austin, while ringing his donation bell. "If it weren't for them, I wouldn't know where I'd be at now. I'm 27 years clean because of what Salvation Army has done for me... People ask me why don't I get a church, my Church is right here."
"A snowy day is a great day to give to Catholic, you can do it from the comfort of your own home," said Lisa Louise, Executive Director of the Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania.
"iGiveCatholic is an annual day of obligation online, giving the Catholic foundation facilitates it for all ministries and the 13 county Diocese of Erie. To participate you can give online or stop into the ministry of your choice to give a donation and that's all to benefit Catholic organizations today."
Funds from iGiveCatholic will go towards meals and housing for homeless, counseling, emergency services, and funding for church communities likes Saint James Catholic School on Buffalo Rd.