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Salvation Army short of goal, counting continues

Added on Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Roseville, Minn. – The Twin Cities Salvation Army is still $400,000 short of its Christmas goal, as donations continue to be counted.

As of Jan. 5, they had taken in $11.2 million, toward a goal of $11.6 million. Donations sent in by mail are still being processed, but the counting will be complete by early next week.

Red kettles went off the streets on Christmas Eve, bringing in about $2.6 million this season. That’s about $230,000 less than last year. Kettle season was hampered by cold weather and a shortage of volunteer bell ringers this year (related story).

“We continue to pray that the numbers keep rising,” said Lt. Col. Lonneal Richardson, leader of The Salvation Army Northern Division. “If we do not meet our goal, we will need to take a hard look at places where we can cut back on our expenses, while still serving as many people as possible.”

In 2015, The Twin Cities Salvation Army raised a record $11.6 million. When it failed to reach its fundraising goal in 2014, The Salvation Army had to cut the Christmas Toy Shop program by 25 percent.

About The Salvation Army

Since 1886 the Twin Cities Salvation Army has been a safety net for thousands of people, providing food, housing, financial assistance and more, without discrimination. Each year we serve 187,000 people in the metro area, providing 1,300 hot meals daily and sheltering nearly 900 every night. The Salvation Army relies on 20,500 volunteers who give 160,000 hours of service annually. Please join The Salvation Army by volunteering or making a donation to support your local community.