Salvation Army asking for public's help to reach Red Kettle goal - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Salvation Army asking for public's help to reach Red Kettle goal

Provided by The Salvation Army

With less than a week until Christmas, The Salvation Army is hopeful that the community of Lubbock will come to their aid and give a little extra at the red kettle this week.

The Red Kettle Campaign is the main fundraiser of the year for The Salvation Army and every dollar raised is used directly to support local programs and services. During the last twelve months more than 18,000 individuals received emergency assistance of some kind from The Salvation Army in Lubbock, many of them looking for help at crisis points in their lives when they had no-where else to turn. The Salvation Army Shelter provided over 15,000 nights of shelter to men, women, and children who otherwise would have been out on the streets. More than 62,000 meals and 5,000 food boxes have been distributed to families and individuals who needed help just to put food on the table until their next pay check.

"In today's economy The Salvation Army is experiencing an increase in the number of people coming to us for assistance at the same time as a decline in donations," explained Major Tim Grider. "Indeed, for perhaps the first time, we are serving some people who have been regular donors and supporters of the Army in the past, but are now finding in necessary to come to us seeking assistance. We can only help in these emergency situations thanks to the generous support of the people of Lubbock."

This year's annual Red Kettle Campaign is shorter by a vital five days due to the lateness of the Thanksgiving holiday on the calendar. This, as well as the unexpected spell of winter weather in Texas, has significantly impacted the Army's fundraising. Donations coming in between now and the end of the year are critically important to The Salvation Army's ability to meet needs right here in your community.

Your Red Kettle Donations - big or small - will help The Salvation Army, throughout all of 2014, provide needed assistance such as meals to the hungry, shelter to the homeless, basic social services to the needy, and programs to assist and rehabilitate.

The Salvation Army is encouraging the public to donate generously to the red kettles found on street corners, in malls, and at local retailers, or online at Donations can also be mailed to your local Salvation Army center at 1111 16th Street or given by phone at 806-765-9434.

Please don't forget to give at The Salvation Army red kettles this season.

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