Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign is falling short

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — It’s the time of year where you see bell ringers at the stores. The money raised helps the Salvation Army serve the community all year-round

The Salvation Army’s goal for the Red Kettle Campaign is $1 million. That is one-third of their overall annual budget. The organization is only 45% of that goal.

The money goes to programs like their Family Enrichment shelter all year-round. It cost about $800,000 a year to run that program and $600,000 to run the men’s shelter, Harbor House. Plus they have their daily Frontline feeding program that feeds around 150 to 200 people every day.

We met one family this morning and that has been staying in the family shelter for nearly two months. They moved to Springfield from New Orleans, hoping for a better life, but weren’t able to find housing and jobs as quickly as they had hoped when they got here. Elvis and Kathy are thankful and they and their little girl Diamond are at the Salvation Army instead of sleeping in their car, like they had been for a few nights. They say it’s helping them get a fresh start.

“They focus on you finding stable employment and they want you to do what they call, personal development, just things to help you become a better person. It’s like a family,” said Kathy Dillon. “We all have our chores.”

The Salvation Army believes online shopping hurts their kettles. But you can still easily donate online or from your smartphone by texting SGF to 41444 to donate.

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