Camas-Washougal Salvation Army launches virtual “Red Kettle” site

Severe weather forced Salvation Army to cancel local fundraising efforts during busy Christmas season

The Camas-Washougal Salvation Army is asking community members for virtual donations after severe weather conditions caused the nonprofit organization to cancel all of its “Red Kettle” collection efforts on Friday, Dec. 23, and Saturday, Dec. 24.

“This severely impacts the final push of our annual red kettle fundraising efforts,” the group stated on its Facebook page. “The last two days of fundraising usually bring in a generous $5,000 a day in our red kettles. … We are projecting that we will end up $5,000 short of last year’s total kettle income and $10,000 short of our kettle income goal for 2022.”

Donations can be made at washougalredkettle.org for “the next several weeks at least,” a Salvation Army employee said.

The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle campaign assists more than 25 million people in the United States by providing funds for social services such as food, shelter, disaster assistance and addiction recovery programs.

“Our communities of Camas and Washougal are amazingly supportive and generous,” the Facebook post states.

As of Monday, Jan. 2, the “virtual red kettle” had collected $2,825, more than halfway to its goal of $5,000.