Salvation Army's Bells Go Silent As Goals Are Missed

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - The Salvation Army bells heard outside of grocery stores across Eastern Iowa fell silent Monday evening. Salvation Army officials across the area say it's been a "good" year, despite the fact that all of the areas biggest campaigns have yet to reach their goals.

"It's extremely important that we hit $350,000 (the goal)," said Lia Pontarelli of the Salvation Army in Johnson County. Currently that campaign is about $100,000 shy.

As of Monday evening the Salvation Army in Linn County was more than $140,000 off their goal of $755,000.

Pontarelli said services could be cut if the goals are not reached.

"We provide hot meals all year," she said. The Salvation Army in Johnson County serves up to 70 meals a night at their on-sight kitchen just outside of downtown Iowa City.

Campaigns in both the Waterloo-Cedar Falls area and Dubuque remain under goal, but leaders are optimistic that a last minute push could drive online and in-person donations.

Donations for the red kettle campaigns in all four areas will continue to be accepted into next month.

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