iBerkshires.com reports a perfect storm of unprecedented need and far fewer kettle donations has the Salvation Army seeking help to rescue Christmas.
Donations through the charity organization's red kettles in Pittsfield are currently down by 70 percent compared to last year and it's struggling to meet its fundraising target by about $33,000.
Now in its 130th year, the kettle campaign launched two months earlier than usual because of increased needs. It raised just over $27,000 as of Monday with this year's goal being $60,000 raised by Dec. 24.
COVID-19 has created a larger need for services provided by the Salvation Army: it's served more than 14 million meals in the state since March and it expects to serve 150 percent more people this holiday season.