Donations down for Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle campaign

15 December, 2017, 09:19 | Author: Kim Reid
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Donations taken by Salvation Army bell ringers in Washington County are down this year, with only eight days remaining for collection.

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"We are lower than we were past year this time", said Darrell Pilgrim, executive director with the Salvation Army Ridge Meadows Ministries. The warehouse at 901 Trade St. has about 19,000 square feet, and the Salvation Army is using about half of that space.

There are many ways The Salvation Army is working to fill in the gaps for our friends and neighbors in need, not just during the Christmas Season but all year-round.

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The Salvation Army is hoping its annual guns and hoses competition this weekend will help generate additional donations to help it reach goal.

"As of (Wednesday) we've only made $37,826, a little over 50 percent", he said.

"If they want to dress up or play Christmas music, I encourage that", she said.

To that end, "we still need volunteers to ring bells", Burkett said.

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Volunteers are needed for shifts ringing bells at locations in Waseca at which red kettles have been set up. "We were caught in a bind, and they were helpful".

Kromm says demands for services continue with many people in the city struggling financially. Of all the previous years, this year had the most donations to date.

"The money that we raise at Christmastime, about a third of that goes to raising money". Developed with the Royal Bank of Canada, the Salvation Army Kettle App can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play. The Army's gifts to help toward recovery didn't stop there, either, as the then-11-year-old Kate received a box of toys to replace some of the ones destroyed in the storm.

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