The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County
Press Release

The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County Announces 2018 Christmas Campaign Total

Donations support more than 80 different programs and services.

By - Feb 1st, 2019 12:03 pm

MILWAUKEE COUNTY  The total from The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County’s 2018 Red Kettle Campaign is in. The campaign, which started on Nov. 9, 2018, brought in $3,707,809, just $92,191 short of the goal but ahead of last year.

“The Salvation Army is honored to receive these donations and the trust of the community that goes with them,” said Major Steven Merritt, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. “Funds raised allow us to provide life-changing services right here in Milwaukee County, not only during Christmas but all year-round.”

Donations support more than 80 different programs and services (some listed below). If you would like to make a donation to The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County, you can:

  • Send in a check: The Salvation Army, 11315 W. Watertown Plank Road, Wauwatosa, WI 53226
  • Text “Milwaukee” to 41444
  • Donate online at

In 2018, The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County provided:

  • 176,971 meals (Christmas Family Feast, Feed The Kids, Emergency Lodge)
  • 73,000 toys (CBS 58’s Toy Shop Program)
  • 37,854 nights of lodging for 1,073 residents at the Emergency Lodge
  • 8,125 individuals with food through our three food pantries
  • 3,885 backpacks for kids (WISN 12’s Back To School Drive)
  • 2,062 coats (FOX 6‘s Coats for Kids). *2,100 were passed out at our January 2019 Coat Distribution. About 10,836 total coats were collected in November and December 2018.
  • 1,795 individuals with emergency assistance

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (Human Locally, 87 cents of every dollar raised is used to support programs and services in Milwaukee County.

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