Still time to help stuff those red kettles

Time is running out for Christmas gift givers. Meanwhile at The Salvation Army there’s less than a week to donate to its red kettle, bell ringer campaign.

As of last Wednesday, only about 50 percent of the donation goal had been reached. The Salvation Army’s collection goal is $75,000.

Capt. Aaron Moore says 100 percent of the money raised stays in the county, another reason to support the local effort.

Ultimately, last year’s campaign fell slightly short of the goal, bringing in $73,400. The money makes up about 25 to 30 percent of the organization’s annual budget. It’s used to fill the food pantry, assist with utility bills, provide hotel rooms for the homeless, and more.

The reasons for this year’s slow start could be traced to the closure of Food 4 Less, a prime location for collections.

Cold weather didn’t help.

And many of this year’s donors are dropping change instead of dollars, a sign that our economy isn’t the strongest.

But maybe realizing time is short and the need is great you’ll reconsider the size of your donation as you head to the store for last-minute shopping. And remember that they take checks made out to The Salvation Army.

The bell ringers will be out all over the area:

Donation locations:

¯ Marietta Walmart, both doors.

¯ Marietta Kmart.

¯ Marietta Kroger.

¯ Warren’s IGA on Muskingum Drive.

¯ Belpre Kroger, two ringers.

Your money will stay close to home and help support Salvation Army projects such as the food pantry, assist with utility bills, provide hotel rooms for the homeless, and more.

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