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Salvation Army has high hopes for Red Kettle campaign, despite slow start

The bells of The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle campaign will be ringing with a bit more urgency this year.

November 20, 2009

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The bells of The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle campaign will be ringing with a bit more urgency this year.

“We’re behind,” Capt. Wesley Dalberg said.

In the first nine days of the 2009 holiday fundraiser, bell-ringers raised $14,370. That’s about $4,800 short of this time last year.

Despite that initial shortfall, Dalberg remains confident that collections will pick up as his agency works toward its $108,000 goal. About $103,000 was donated last year.

One reason this year’s early collections are down, Dalberg said, is because bell-ringers can’t set up outside Walmart stores until the Friday after Thanksgiving — under an agreement at the national level between the retailer and The Salvation Army. That’s new. Last year’s early totals included donations at Walmart, 3300 Iowa. It was the top moneymaker in the campaign. But there’s a reason for optimism.

“With the additional Walmart store out on Sixth and Wakarusa, I really think that will help push us over,” Dalberg said.

More bell-ringers still are needed to join other volunteers who work Monday through Saturday at the 15 kettle sites in Lawrence. To help, call 843-4188. And while The Salvation Army can use as many volunteers as possible, the agency also hires paid bell-ringers. To apply, go to Sedona Staffing Services, 825 Vt.

Comments

workinghard 5 years, 3 months ago

Now that they don't operate a shelter, what services does the Salvation provide in Lawrence.

MartinPrince 5 years, 3 months ago

Meh. Tend to be a little more secular in my giving.

Non-right wingers might want to head over to the Salvation Army website and read the position statements.

WHY 5 years, 3 months ago

I hope the new panhandling rule stops them from begging all holiday season long. Fight homelessness by not subsidizing it. If no one else wants those people in their home there is probably a reason for it.

50YearResident 5 years, 3 months ago

Start $10: Give to Salvation Army. Amt Left =$8: Give to United fund. Amt Left = $6: Give to your Church. Amt Left =$5. Give to the shelter: Amt Left =$4. Give to Panhandlers. Amt left = $3 Pay utilities: Amt left $2. Buy groceries: Amt left =$1: Go to Doctor. Amt left = $0. Pay Taxes, well they can wait can't they? United way & Red Kettles are running short, come on Laerence, caugh up just a little more, say $800 or 900 Thousand more. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! Remember the economy is getting better. The last 9 years are behind us.

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