The Salvation Army cares for the less fortunate in our community and those who suffer disasters throughout the year. Now they need your help.
The organization relies on the Red Kettle Campaign to fund all their programs throughout the year. As of today, they are $114,000.00 short of their $500,000.00 fundraising goal.
Salvation Army Bell Ringer Ernest Thompson has a holiday wish for everyone entering and leaving Walmart in Brandon.
"I love to do it," said Thompson. 'It gives me such a thrilling rush to make people happy at this time of year".
Nationwide donations are down and Thompson sees lagging donations in the metro area.
He was once homeless and stayed at the Salvation Army shelter.
"A lot of propaganda out there about us being greedy like we're out here to receive not to give back, but I read statistics," said Thompson. "The Salvation Army 78.4% that we take in we give back to the community."
Red Kettle funds assist the homeless and those looking for work. Three hundred people used the emergency shelter at Presto Lane last year.
There are 36 transitional beds for people getting back on their feet. Other services include GED and after-school programs, feeding the homeless and elderly, fire and disaster assistance and social services like help with utility bills and rent.
The deadline for the Red Kettle Campaign is Saturday.
You can also make a donation online by texting Kettle 95577.