It’s one of the most familiar signs of the holiday season: The Salvation Army’s bright Red Kettles set up outside stores all over town. But this year, the donations have fallen behind significantly.
With Christmas Day less than 6 days away, donations to The Salvation Army’s 2017 Christmas Campaign in Dodge City have a long ways to go to reach their goal.
"To date, we are only at approximately 55 percent of our overall fundraising goal," said Salvation Army Lt. Enrique Coreano. "We are dependent on the funds we raise during our Christmas Campaign to help people who are in need in our community all year long.
"We’re counting on the many generous members of our community to dig a little deeper this year, if they’re able, to help us reach our goal."
They are lagging in volunteer bell ringers as well.
"There is still time to make a significant impact this holiday season and it will only cost you 2 hours of your time." said Salvation Army Lt. Chrissie Coreano. "We still have many 2-hour shifts available from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., from today through the last day on Saturday, December 23.
"So, grab your friends, family, church group, or club and give hope to those in need."
If you are interested in bell ringing, please call the Salvation Army office at 620-225-4871 or sign up at www.registertoring.com.
The last day to ring bells will be December 23; however you can still help by donating online at www.DONATEDODGE.com or mailing a check The Salvation Army at 1100 Avenue E.
Remember all donations will stay local to help those in need 365 days of the year.
The money collected during the Red Kettle Campaign helps support Salvation Army programs in Ford County for the entire year.
These programs include emergency assistance for families who need rent, utility, clothing, food, or other required assistance.
They also provide disaster services, targeted case management, Christmas assistance, weekly youth programs as well as summer camps and senior programs.
Chrissie Coreano said, "The last thing we ever want to do is to decrease our ability to help those in need due to a funding shortage.
"We are trusting that our community will rally with us in these last two weeks of the year and join us in the fight for good in our community."
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 125 years in Dodge City.
Nearly 30 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.