Volunteers scarce for Salvation Army Kettle Campaign

Posted December 15, 2017

Earlier this week, the Salvation Army put out a desperate call for donations for their annual Christmas Hamper program.

"These are the funds we rely on not only to help the 300-plus families from Rome and surrounding communities this Christmas with toys and food but these funds also help to provide services to our community year round", said Krueger.

In fact, with only nine days left in the holiday campaign, they need $17,000 to reach their goal. We still have three others where we're going to give out another 413 care packages.

Lt. Charles Smith with The Salvation Army says this year they are very low.

By volunteering your church group, coworkers, family, friends and enemies for a day you could help us raise $200 to $500 dollars!

Volunteers at the Salvation Army headquarters in Concord on Thursday sorted presents for children in need, an effort that is funded by the Red Kettle campaign.

"The funds from the Red Kettle are used to buy the groceries for the hampers and so on".

Police in Dunwoody, Georgia, are working to find a boy who stole a Salvation Army kettle.

On Thanksgiving Day, the Salvation Army served over 200 meals in Altus at the 7th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner and anticipate serving just as many meals at the Christmas Dinner in Hollis coming up on December 21.

"We're volunteers, so we're not paying anybody. They get big smiles on their faces and it makes them part of the operation of giving", said Canfield. Salvation Army officials on Long Island say they have a shortage of donated toys this year.

The Salvation Army is now 20 percent down in donations from 2016.

Daily, the Salvation Army's Social Service Case Managers meet the critical basic needs of providing financial assistance and emotional support to families facing payments of utility, water shutoff and rent eviction notifications. The Salvation Army also operates community center programs for children and seniors.