9:29am

Fri December 23, 2011
The Commonwealth

Salvation Army Behind on Goal

A struggling economy, increased demand for services, and funding cuts are creating the perfect winter storm for the local Salvation Army. With just three days to go, the charity's annual red kettle campaign is running 20% behind."The kettle campaign has never been this far behind", said Major Debra Ashcraft.

As of Wednesday, her organization has raised around $352,000, far short of the $450,000 goal.

The campaign, which runs through Christmas Eve, is the charity's largest annual fundraiser.

"So much of this money is needed to keep our emergency shelter operating year round, and our education programs after school & preschool programs for children, our emergency disaster programs, and our food pantry. It's not just money that we need for Christmastime."

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