Salvation Army $14,000 behind as Red Kettle campaign nears end
The chime of the bells ringing for The Salvation Army of Washtenaw County will end as late as 3 p.m. Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 - traditionally the final day for the iconic red kettles at storefronts. The nonprofit is about $14,000 behind in donations from this time last year, and has a county goal of $300,000 to reach by Jan. 31, 2012. Contributions also can be made by sending a check to The Salvation Army at 100 Arbana Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48103; calling (734) 668-8353 or giving online at www.sawashtenaw.org.
Funds raised through the Red Kettle Campaign provide basic services such as food and shelter for Washtenaw County residents in need, with 82 cents of each dollar raised going directly to The Salvation Army programming. “As Christmas quickly approaches, we’re hoping that last minute holiday shoppers will be generous and help us raise these much-needed funds,” said Maj. John Williams, Washtenaw County coordinator. “Each and every dollar dropped in one of our kettles makes a real difference for someone in need in our community.” Red Kettle donations are used throughout the year to help provide food, shelter, utility assistance, free legal aid, after school programs, counseling, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, disaster aid and more.