Red Kettle campaign: LDH expects donations to pour in at the end of Nov.
“The difficult financial situation is possibly affecting the Red Kettle campaign of the Salvation Army (LDH),” said Vilice Thomas, major at the LDH. He told Times of Suriname that the number of donors that visit the Salvation Army has dropped further this year. Nowadays it also takes a whole day to collect the same sum of money that the Salvation Army received within a few hours in the past. “People are now thinking deeply, before they give,” said Thomas who added that he remains optimistic. He still believes that the Salvation Army will manage to achieve its goal of collecting SRD 300,000. He expects people to donate generously around the end of November when they have received their salaries. “The people support the Salvation Army by putting money in the kettles but they also transfer money to our bank account,” said Thomas who added that its inspiring to see how people who cannot donate encourage who can donate to support the good cause. The Red Kettle campaign is going fairly smooth in the Nickerie District but the organization still cannot indicate exactly how much money has already been donated. It will share the information at the end of this month or at the beginning of December when the bank gives an update. Thomas strongly believes that the people will also lend a helping hand even though the nation is going through a difficult period because there are others who desperately need all the help they can get. The Red Kettle Campaign started in 1891 when Salvation Army Capt. Joseph McFee sought to feed poor individuals in San Francisco during the holidays. The Salvation Army helps the needy all over the world. The LDH launched its Red Kettle campaign in 1924. A guide escorts tourists through one of Rio’s slums. Poverty tourism, or slum tourism, is not a new phenomenon.