Salvation Army's Red Kettle Donations Are Down

Salvation Army's Red Kettle Donations Are Down

Salvation Army's Red Kettle Donations Are Down

The Salvation Army offers services and programmes across the Island, with the goal of restoring dignity and hope in community members who experience times of need.

Money raised pays for the organization's expenses and to help out the needy in the community with things like food, clothing, vouchers, furniture, Christmas hampers and toys for children.

"We match their kettle drive on two Saturdays in December, so this year we matched $25,000", said Mike. This year's kettle goal is $700,000.

Volunteers will begin setting up Friday beginning at 1 p.m.

Because Kmart was a hot spot for donations, Hughes said the bell-ringers started a week early this year to try and make up for the loss. Now, Regamey said three-quarters of its volunteer shifts have been covered for the final days.

It is the season of giving, and one Oklahoman gave a little bit more than expected this Christmas.

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The Salvation Army of Greenwood - which also serves Abbeville, McCormick, Laurens and Saluda counties - isn't the only corps where donations have dropped.

Welk said previous year they raised about $8,000.

"I've been out here ringing bells about three times this year", O'Mara said.

"They don't ask for themselves, but to give to others", O'Mara said.

Clad in red trousers and a red apron sporting the Salvation Army logo, O'Mara was hard to miss with her bell and donation kettle, but it wasn't her attire people seemed to notice most.

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