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Lawrence Salvation Army kettle campaign hopes to hit $100,000 goal

December 15, 2011

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Salvation Army bell-ringers have brought in about $60,000 for the Lawrence Salvation Army this holiday season, but they’re hoping to reach $100,000 in the next week, said Wes Dahlberg, executive director.

“I feel confident we can reach that goal,” said Dahlberg, who expects a boost as Christmas approaches. “The closer you get to the holiday, the more people get in the holiday spirit.”

The local Red Kettle Campaign began Nov. 11, and runs until Christmas Eve. Bell-ringers are out at 16 locations.

Dahlberg said the goal is typically set at $100,000. Some $94,000 was raised in 2010.

Bell-ringers haven’t received any unusual donations in the kettles, such as a diamond that was dropped in a kettle in Shawnee.

But they’re certainly open to that option.

“If someone wants to put a diamond in, that’s be great,” Dahlberg said.

Comments

4chewnut 3 years, 8 months ago

Many other cities are boycotting the Salvation Army because of its anti-gay beliefs.

hail2oldku 3 years, 8 months ago

I'll drop a buck or two quite often if the person working the kettle is really "working" it. Those that stand, or sit, there puffing a smoke or talking on their cell phone aren't going to receive anything from me.

peartree 3 years, 8 months ago

Why You Shouldn't Donate to the Salvation Army Bell Ringers by Bil Browning

http://www.bilerico.com/2011/11/why_you_shouldnt_donate_to_the_salvation_army_bell.php

We should all use out own judgement, but be well-informed.

fanofKU 3 years, 8 months ago

Dear 4chewnut:

The Salvation Army, as well as other religious organizations like the Catholic Church for instance, don't condone the gay lifestyle, however; the Salvation Army will provide services to whomever comes to their doors in need, gay, lesbian, transgender, etc.

You never know when you or one of your gay friends might need the services of the Salvation Army, so I'd probably not be so narrow minded.

I'm proud to be a donor to the Salvation Army, and don't ever specify my money can't go to a gay person, I’m more open minded than that.

peartree 3 years, 8 months ago

Please read the article l provide a link to above. I'm very sad to say that I believe you are incorrect in your statements. I'm sure this is not true of all shelters and groups, but please take a look at what the leaders of the organization have lobbied.

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