Salvation Army red kettles half way to Christmas goal

A bellringer for the Salvation

With just eight days left in the campaign, officials say they are $143,000 short of their $315,000 goal.

One of the agencies United Way funds is the Door County Salvation Army, and it is the main nonprofit in the county to provide temporary shelter for homeless folks.

The Salvation Army is distancing itself from a man the social agency says is attempting to fleece people out of cash in a door-to-door scam.

Among the 30 people packing boxes with needed foodstuffs Friday was first-time volunteer Dolly Kruger, someone who knows only too well how much those hampers mean at this time of year.

Communities across the Flathead Valley raised more than $12,800 for the local Salvation Army in Thursdays city bell-ringing competition.

The Salvation Army provides food pantries at 220 5th Ave., Moline, and 3400 W. Central Park Ave., Davenport.

In other parts of the country, donations to red kettle campaigns have declined.

An Angel Tree is at the Magnolia Mall, and people can also pick up angel tags from the Salvation Army location on Hoffmeyer Road in Florence. Mr. Horrell said The Salvation Army also offers youth programs, including after school programs and summer camps.

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The CAP office participates in the statewide effort twice a year to count homeless populations in counties.

The one ounce gold coin is worth $1,255, said Allen Rowe, president of Northern Nevada Coin.

"We know they are there but they don't want to be found", Markwardt said.

Scroggins said holiday music and younger bell ringers usually lead to more contributions. "It's like a family", said Kathy Dillon.

She said this year's goal is $450,000.

The Salvation Army is making a plea for donations, specifically for turkeys.

"We are solid for food", Wise said.

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