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“Full coverage would help ensure our goal is reached”, said Kromm, “Our kettles are staffed 100 per cent by volunteers – individuals, families, businesses, service clubs and other groups”.
Dennis Long, of Montgomery, Ala., Dollar General’s director of loss prevention for the Southeast, said helping the Salvation Army enriches the lives of the volunteers by giving back to the local community and children.
But the Salvation Army is behind in kettle donations, so the sheriff’s office is stepping into the action Thursday as well.
Almost 30 per cent of kettle volunteer shifts for the next two weeks still need volunteers.
“The funds from the Red Kettle are used to buy the groceries for the hampers and so on”. Donations in Lawrence are down 36 percent, as well as Malden (50 percent) and Plymouth (34 percent).
The Salvation Army is urging donors to take advantage of tax relief by donating their IRA charitable rollover distributions to The Salvation Army, Genesee County. This year they are changing things up.
With Christmas fast approaching, time is winding down on the Salvation Army’s big year-end fundraiser.
Hosted at more than 2,000 locations across Canada, the annual Christmas Kettle Campaign is the organization’s largest fundraising drive of the year and would not be possible without the thousands of kettle workers who volunteer their time. “We’ve never had some people at some locations because we haven’t had enough volunteers”, said Pilgrim.
Canfield is Chandler’s top bell ringer with a total donation amount of $31,000.
That means Friday and Saturday traffic and donations are crucial to the Salvation Army pulling in the remaining half of its goal in the next week. Almost 25 million in the USA receive assistance annually. The Salvation Army also has a worldwide presence in 127 countries around the globe. However, to complete its compassionate mission, it truly needs your time and money.