Salvation Army needs help reaching $500,000 Red Kettle goal - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Salvation Army needs help reaching $500,000 Red Kettle goal

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Salvation's Army Red Kettle Campaign is seeing a big dip in donations and time is running out. The Red Kettle Campaign is one of the Salvation Army's biggest fundraisers. It helps keep the nonprofit from shutting its doors and ending lifesaving programs.

As the need across the metro area increasing daily, every dollar put in those containers counts. It's a holiday fundraising campaign that is hard to miss;  Salvation Army’s bell ringers with Red Kettles outside some of your favorite stores in the metro area raising money.

 “Every stop there is someone there and I try to give something,” said Jackson resident Jermaine Walker.

While most of the time the bell ringing works,  Salvation Army officials said it has been a bit of a struggle to raise money lately.

“The Red Kettle campaign to date is down $16,000 from this time last year,” said Captain Ken Chapman.

Chapman said the nonprofit depends on the monetary gifts put in the Christmas kettles to fund several programs such as feeding the needy, housing, disaster relief and much more. 

"I was about lose my home," said Patti Williams. "They have helped me with that, and they have kept running water in my home, so the Salvation Army has been a big gift.” 

“In order for us to continue to serve this community to the capacity that we have been doing, we need some extra donations to come in,” said Chapman.

Those Salvation Army supporters and volunteers said they are committed to getting the word out to help the nonprofit  reach its goal.

“Every dollar counts, every quarter counts, just clean out your change pocket,” said Salvation Army volunteer Robert Dienelt.

“As God blesses you, you should bless others,” said Jackson resident Rose Howard

“I feel good when I give and I am thankful I am not a person in need right now,” said Walker.

The goal is to raise $500,000 in 33 days of bell ringing.  If you are wondering where can you donate, kettles are set up at just about every Walmart, Sam’s,  Kroger, Bass Pro Shops, and Walgreens in the metro area.

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