In it's final week for Red Kettle Ringing the Salvation Army of Porter County are a little over three-quarters toward this year's goal.
According to a press release as of last Wednesday (12/18) $111,451.98 of their $150,000 goal has been reached and with the Army's annual mail drive, the overall campaign goal for Porter County is $280,000 however, mail drive donations will be accepted through January 30, 2014.
According to a press release, monies raised (excluding Sundays) will be used to assist those in need in Porter County for Christmas and throughout the 2014 fiscal year. Specifically the Salvation Army in Porter County has brought spiritual light and love along with food, clothing and gifts to over 433 families, 819 senior citizens and 722 children in the county, according to the release.
The Army also sponsors other Christmas events including the Angel Tree Food, Clothing and Toy Assistance, Collection and Distribution, Adopt-a-Family Assistance, Christmas Nursing Home/Shut-in Senior Gift Distribution, Christmas Food Distribution and Youth and Family Christmas Parties, Christmas and New Year Worship Services along with the Salvation Army's daily help with food, rent/mortgage. utility. medicine, employment and transportation assistance.
Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or send a check to your local Salvation Army. Donors can also contribute on-line at: http://www.usc.salvationarmy.org/portercounty, www.donate.salvationarmyusa.org or through a virtual red kettle on any number of corporate or individual websites.
HISTORY: The Red Kettle campaign, first begun in San Francisco in 1891, has traditionally been The Salvation Army’s most prominent fund-raiser. Last year, the funds helped The Salvation Army to provide assistance to more than 34 million Americans in need. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide. Almost 34 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children.