Salvation Army Short of Red Kettle Goal, But Donations Still Welcome

By Heather Hubbs, Reporter

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Three weeks after Christmas, the Salvation Army's red kettle bells have stopped ringing, but the need for donations continues. The Cedar Rapids Salvation Army is still well short of their fundraising goal.

As of Wednesday, the non-profit agency has a little more than $69,000 remaining to reach their goal of $750,000. They have until the end of the month to raise the funds. Here is a look at what that money means to the Salvation Army and the people they help:

$69,000 pays for rent and utility assistance for about 556 households; the Salvation Army typically helps 800 households.

It would fund approximately 34,731 meals; on average, the Salvation Army serve 50,000 a year.

It is also about 55 percent more than their yearly Emergency disaster services budget and 73% more than what they offer in financial assistance to families who participate in their summer day camp program.

The Salvation Army says heading into this year the demand for their services is only expected to rise, and they will do all they can to keep from cutting programs and services.

"Overhead costs, we try to cut back on that as much as we can," said Salvation Army Maj. Paul Logan. "Janitorial supplies maybe, or something we can go more lean on. You have to operate but you have to be tight."

The Salvation Army is also looking into other sources of funding for some programs to offset costs without making cuts.

While the red kettles are no longer outside area stores, the Salvation Army will be accepting donations until Jan. 31. Donations can also be made through the Salvation Army's Web site, www.tsacedarrapids.org

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