KEITH: Salvation Army puts donations to use

15 December, 2017, 05:12 | Author: Franklin Nunez
  • Mystery donor again drops gold pesos into Salvation Army's Red Kettle

The goal for 2017 was to raise $135,000 for the Christmas campaign, says Lieutenant Samuel Tim of the Yorkton Salvation Army.

Donations can also be made through the Free 98-1 Rockin' the Stockin' Toy Drive, which benefits the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army's Christmas Kettle campaign is one and a half weeks from the final collection day and although the city has been supportive, the total collected has fallen far behind a year ago at this point.

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"An approximately 10 - 12 year old male approached him, snatched his collection bucket, and took off running", Sgt. Robert Parsons with the Dunwoody Police Department told WSB. That total doesn't include additional online or in-office donations, which had not yet been added to the total.

"It's been tougher than we thought to keep on target to reach our goal this year", Ian McKenzie, the executive director at the Centre of Hope, said Tuesday. There, individuals can select the time and place they'd like to volunteer. The cold front that recently swept through northern MI may have helped boost Monday's donations. An anonymous donor also contributed $5,000.

The Salvation Army in Chickasaw County has raised over $20,000 from the Kettle Campaign in the last two years. In the past, the Salvation Army would go through the process of buying and packing a ham, turkey, potatoes and all of the fixings needed for a Christmas dinner and hand out hampers.

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"We've been very fortunate, so (it's) an opportunity to share", Dan Dunklee, of Concord, said.

"When you get a list for a 4-year-old and they say 'pajamas, trousers socks, ' you think, 'Oh my gosh.' You just take it for granted that everyone has what they need, and that certainly isn't the case", said Tow of Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter. The retiree has been ringing the bell five days a week for five seasons now.

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