Salvation Army Burbank kicked off its ubiquitous red kettle fundraising campaign Monday, with organizers hoping to do far better than last year, when donations came in well below expectations.
This year, the local Salvation Army wants to raise $70,000 to help pay for community programs throughout the coming year.
“Last year, we didn’t make anywhere near it,” Lt. Kari Rudd of Salvation Army Burbank Corps Community Center said. “There was a huge rain storm the last few weeks [of the year].”
While there are grants and private donors, Rudd said the kettle campaign is the nonprofit’s main fundraiser, which allows programs to be offered to the community free of charge, including a food pantry, after-school homework lab, fine arts studio for pottery, music lessons for adults and children and parenting programs, Rudd said.
“The food pantry feeds over 25,000 community members,” Rudd said. “We feed about 500 seniors per month who are on a fixed income, we provide 30 pounds of perishable food each month.”