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Christmas Kettle Campaign issues urgent plea

Christmas Kettle Campaign issues urgent plea

The Salvation Army says more than 800 meals were served previous year.

Andrew Green, on behalf of the Green Family, said: "We appreciate the important work that the Salvation Army does in our community".

Please note that The Salvation Army's Christmas dinner is independent of any other events happening at the Phoenix Convention Center on Christmas Day.

Campaign organizers attribute the decline in donations to Hurricane Harvey "fatigue" and the recent dreary weather conditions.

Hughes said one of the main reasons in the drop in kettle donations is that Kmart, one of the organization's 24 bell-ringing locations, closed earlier this year.

The goal was to match last year's collection amount of $1.9 million. This year's goal was to raise $250,000.

Businesses interested in hosting an Angel Tree next year are urged to contact the Grafton office of the Salvation Army at 304-265-3565. "We do whatever we can to help people in emergencies".

Amanda Powers, a new mother to a four month daughter shared how the Salvation Army has helped her and her family during the holiday.

The nonprofit is now facing a $220,000 shortfall in kettle donations as well as fewer volunteers.

The Salvation Army was founded in 1865 in London England and now serves in 128 countries around the world.

Wolfe Sr. suffered a few bumps and bruises in the scuffle, but he says nothing would take away his Christmas spirit.

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