Salvation Army Makes Final Holiday Push

Charles Featherstone

Charles Featherstone

The Salvation Army's Kettle Campaign begins annually on the day after Thanksgiving, with all cash and checks made out to the Seguin Unit staying local, and every penny donated makes a difference, Kelso said.

The Christmas Red Kettle campaign in Meadville is also ongoing and is now only at 37 percent of its goal and running slightly behind last year's totals as of last week, according to officials.

The Salvation Army's Western Pennsylvania Divisional Headquarters sent up a trailer and tent Thursday afternoon to be used as a donation station in the parking lot off Park Avenue.

Bowers speculates that many factors have contributed to a slow campaign. "It is a break from what we do and see - some of the worst things in our community - to see a lesson in humanity and humility", Seguin Police Kevin Kelso said. Some worry about the talks on federal tax changes.

"It doesn't hurt to help somebody because I guess in the end they could wind up paying it forward,"Jackson says".

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"We have a good time doing that", she said.

The Salvation Army is still $40,000 away from its $100,000 thousand Red Kettle goal in 2017.

The donations fund programs such as the local food pantry, which operates year-round. Its Pathway of Hope program helps people struggling with poverty to become self-sufficient. So far, we have raised $250 000 and the kettle goes up until the 23rd [of December].

"I have faith they will step up in some way to help us meet this need". "So all the money that comes in goes to help people", Starkey said.

Fewer people have been out and about in the very cold days more recently, too, Douglas said. Community members can also stop by the office, 1020 N. Adams Ave., to submit donations or speak with Army volunteers. She said individual performers or groups of any size are still welcome to join the campaign.

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