COLUMBIA — The Salvation Army still needs about $94,000 to meet its campaign goal for this year.
The organization has already raised about $260,000 this year to continue its services. That's money that's raised and spent in mid-Missouri, said Cyndy Chapman, Salvation Army regional development director.
"Something that a lot of people don't pick up on is, unlike a lot of other agencies that have national ties, the money that is donated locally is used locally," she said. "And that is a great thing for our community."
The organization hoped to raise $352,710 this year to provide services year round, including a shelter for men, women and parents with children, emergency food and clothing, and youth character building classes. The money donated is also used for the group's Christmas assistance program.
There are about 20 Salvation Army red kettles in the Columbia area, and the kettles take donations from mid-November until Monday.
"People in this community have been good about donating to our red kettles, but that is only one way to help," Major Richard Trimmell, regional coordinator, said in a release. "Other help comes from people who send checks."
The Salvation Army does not discriminate when providing basic human services and is focused on maximizing donations through its programs, Chapman said.
"It's who we are," she said. "It's what we do."
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