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The Salvation Army Raises a Record $650,000 in 2012 Red Kettle Campaign

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Released 8 January 2013

KNOXVILLE, TENN. - January 7, 2013 - Thanks to generous donations from the Knoxville area community, thousands of volunteer hours and the support of area retailers, The Salvation Army raised an area command record of just over $650,000 through the 2012 Red Kettle Campaign. The total represents an 11% increase over 2011 and exceeded the goal of $600,000.  The total includes Knoxville, Maryville, Oak Ridge and Sevierville. The campaign, which kicked off on November 12 and ran through Christmas Eve, is The Salvation Army's largest fundraising event and accounts for about 15% of its total operating budget for the year. 

"We're again overwhelmed with the generosity of our friends and neighbors here in the Knoxville area," said Area Commander, Major Albert Villafuerte . "We were ahead of the pace needed to exceed our goal for most of the campaign again this year and were able to take advantage of the drier weather to maximize our kettle locations throughout the command."

The contributions helped to fund The Salvation Army's Christmas programs, which helped over 3,000 families in need in 2012. They will also help keep area programs and services, which affect nearly 30,000 people in East Tennessee, going throughout 2013.

Even though the Red Kettle Campaign has come to a close, the need is still great. Requests for assistance are ever-growing and donations are needed throughout the year to support the requests. Donations can be made anytime by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by visiting

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to



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