Salvation Army kicks off Christmas Kettle Campaign

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For those who might be financially struggling, the local Corps will also hire individuals to ring bells during the campaign.

This year, Dobbs said the Salvation Army aims to raise $130,000 locally through kettle donations and another $80,000 via a mail-out campaign. "We believe in sharing", Doria said. "We are noticing we have to supplement a lot of the food by making large purchases, which cuts back on a lot of programs and services that we could be offering in the community".

This year's Christmas Kettle Campaign which began on November 16 will conclude on December 23.

The Salvation Army is hoping to turn those numbers around, so that more people can be connected, and more people can be served this holiday season. Ninety percent of the funds raised here in Saranac Lake stay in Saranac Lake to provide emergency rent assistance, emergency housing, food, clothing, utility assistance and medical expense help.

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"Last year we did $134,000".

Florence City Councilman, and Florence Salvation Army Advisory Board member, Glynn Willis cut the ribbon while Florence Police Department Commander Anson Shells and Majors Michael and Susan Rodgers presided over the ceremony. "The thing about Lubbock is, we get the call from the Lord above, and we always answer the call".

"They can do one shift of two hours, five shifts of two hours, even a group can come and volunteer. We're about the people who need our love and our support, not only at Christmas, but all year long".

"We used to have these signs that said "Put in Change, and Expect Change", Hansen said".

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