The Salvation Army Kettle Donations are down 21 percent this year in the CSRA and more donations are requested for them to continue their mission.
At this point last year, The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign had raised $207,289.19 in Augusta, but this year donations are down by 21%. With only 8 days left to give in 2013, the organization is asking for financial support.
Major Tony Perez, Augusta Area Commander, attributes the low kettle numbers to a variety of issues, including rainy Saturdays, the uncertainty of healthcare/economy, and fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Due to the late Thanksgiving date this year, the kettle season is shorter by five days, which means a local potential loss of $26,000 compared to last year. Nationwide, five fewer bell ringing days equates to about $20 million less for The Salvation Army. Donations coming in between now and the end of the year are critically important to The Salvation Army's ability to meet needs.
"We are very concerned about the lost kettle days this year and how it will impact those who are hurting," said Major Tony Perez, "We're hoping that people will remember their neighbors in need when making year-end donations this year."
The Salvation Army encourages the public to donate generously over the next 8 days to ensure provision of hot meals and safe beds throughout the rest of the winter months to those in need.
Donations can be made by phone by calling John Sebby, Director of Development, at 706-434-3177 or by visiting SalvationArmyAugusta.org. Checks may be mailed to:
The Salvation Army of Augusta
c/o Development Department
1384 Greene Street
Augusta, GA 30901
Donations must be received or postmarked by Dec. 31 for tax deductions this year. For those wishing to donate household items automobiles, or clothing, The Salvation Army will be hosting a Donate-a-thon on Saturday, December 28th from 10am-3pm at the West Town Shopping Center. Receipts will be given.
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