Less than 24 hours after a Salina organization put out a plea for help because their biggest fundraising effort of the year was falling short, they received some great news. The Salina Salvation Army Kettle Campaign received a $10,000 donation on Thursday morning.
The much needed donation came after the organization a day before expressed concern that the campaign was still $39,000 short of its $83,000 goal with less than two weeks left in the effort. On Wednesday they are at $44,000 of their $83,000 goal for the Kettle Campaign.
Captain Lynn Lopez told KSAL News that she was shocked, and overjoyed when she was given a $10,000 check on Thursday morning.
Lopez said that the check will go a long way toward helping them reach their goal, but they are not there yet. She said that they still need to collect $27,300 within the next week and a half to reach the goal
The Kettle Campaign is the organization’s single largest fund raiser. It funds local Salvation Army programs throughout the year. Lopez says the funds they collect remain local and are used all year long for Emergency Services including rent, utilities, and food, the Community Meal Program, and the Food Pantry. It also provides some funding for the Christmas programs.
Red kettles and bell ringers are stationed at 15 locations around Salina through Christmas weekend. Bell ringer are out daily, except for Sundays. Locations include:
- Hobby Lobby
- Dillons – Ohio x2, 9th St x2., and Crawford x2
- Walmart – 2
- Sam’s Club -2
- The Central Mall
- Central Mall Theatre
Bell ringers will be out accepting donations through December 23rd.