Salvation Army donations down

Salvation Army locations in eastern Iowa say they’re behind on their Red Kettle Campaign fundraising goals.

The Salvation Army in Linn County says they’re at about 50 percent of its $763,000 Christmas campaign goal.

“Without these funds, we will not be able to provide the type of assistance we are used to for those in need in our community,” Shalla Ashworth, Director of Development and Communications said.

Ashworth said Christmas Eve is one of the largest giving days, bringing in an average $17,000.

Further north, the Salvation Army of Waterloo/Cedar Falls said they’re about $100,000 behind where they usually are at this time of the year. In order to reach their goal of $631,000 they say they will need to raise an additional $330,000.

“With just a few weeks left in the year, we are praying for continued blessings and support so we are equipped to help the vulnerable and struggling in our community over the coming months,” says Major Harold Poff with the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Salvation Army.

Although the bells will stop ringing on Monday in eastern Iowa, you can donate online, in-person, or via phone.

The Linn County Salvation Army is taking credit card donations online at www.sacedarrapids.org, over the phone by calling 319-364-9131, or in-person at 1000 C Avenue NW, Cedar Rapids. You can also mail checks to the location on C Avenue or deliver them in person during business hours.

In the Waterloo/Cedar Falls donations can be brought to The Salvation Army at 89 Franklin Street in Waterloo, mailed to PO Box 867, Waterloo, IA 50704, or made online at www.sawaterloo.org.

If you’re interested in being a bell ringer, you can sign up to volunteer for a preferred date, location, and time by visiting redkettle.volunteerlocal.com.

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