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Salvation Army Red Kettle Donations Coming Up Short

By Daniel Cherry | Published 19 Dec 2012 07:00pm | comments
The Mississippi Salvation Army's Red Kettle program are coming up short this holiday season by about 10 to 15 percent. MPB's Daniel Cherry reports, time is running out for the charity to meet this year's goal for their most important fundraiser. 
 
At the Wal-Mart in Flowood, Gloria Gordon of Flora just dropped a few dollars in the Salvation Army's Red Kettle. She's urging others who have anything to spare to do the same.
 
"Because it's the right thing to do, and if you love God then you love his people. So it's good to share what you have with others. And that's what I believe God wants us to do. That's what he put us here for, to take care of others."
 
Salvation Army officials say they're currently short of their goal this year by about one million dollars. The Red Kettle program is the most important fundraiser of the year for the charity. Alexander Webster of Jackson was ringing the bell in front of the Wal-Mart on Wednesday.
 
"It's been going alright. It was kind of slow at first, but it picks up after all their kids get off school and they put money in the kettle."
 
With only a few days left, time is short for the Salvation Army to meet its goal. Mark Jones is a spokesman for the Mississippi Salvation Army. He says the organization needs the money to provide vital services to those in need.
 
"Whether it's community centers and after school programs for at-risk youth, homeless shelters, feeding programs, social service programs to help people keep the lights on. The Salvation Army has been doing a multitude of programs across the state of Mississippi to serve Mississippians at their point of need."
 
Jones says the down economy is mostly to blame for the lacking donations, but he also thinks the unseasonably warm weather might be keeping residents from getting in their normal holiday giving state of mind. Daniel Cherry...MPB News.

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