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Salvation Army of WS Calls for Help, After Red Kettle Shortfall

7:00 PM, Dec 26, 2013   |    comments
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- After the Salvation Army's nationwide Red Kettle campaign concluded Tuesday, Christmas Eve, the Salvation Army of Winston-Salem said it is still more than $30,000 short of the funds it needs. But, the agency said it still is hopeful people will step forward to raise the funds by the end of the year.

Thanks to the genersity of the many people in the Triad community, the $50,000 shortfall, which remained as of Tuesday morning, did decrease. The total raised for the Red Kettle campaign in Winston-Salem was $312,640.20. Because of the final push Tuesday, the shortfall is now $33,284.35.

This year's total was more than $39,000 less than that of last year's. The Salvation Army of the United States said it did suspect a nationwide decrease in donations, due to the late Thanksgiving holiday and several winter storms that deterred some shopping.

The Salvation Army said it largely depends on funding from campaigns like the Red Kettle to operate its programs and feed its hungry families. The Salvation Army of the United States said each year, it serves 60 million meals to the hungry, provides 10 million nights of shelter to those who are homeless and helps 19 million people who receive basic social services.

The Salvation Army of Winston-Salem's major James Allison said those who still wish to donate are encouraged to do so, in an effort to close the shortfall gap by Dec. 31.

Wishful donors can contribute online at www.SalvationArmyWS.org or send checks designated for the Red Kettle shortfall to: The Salvation Army, 130 A Stratford Court, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.

WFMY News 2

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