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Salvation Army Falls Short of 2013 Red Kettle Goal

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The Salvation Army announced on Tuesday that the 2013 Red Kettle campaign raised a total of $872,569. The 2013 goal was to reach $950,000 in donations.

While they did not meet the Christmas Goal this year, they emphasize they will not be reducing any services. There will be adjustments made in other areas to ensure that The Salvation Army is able to continue to meet the needs of those in this community.

"I want to make it clear that we are not reducing any services in our community," said Major Bryan Medlock, Corps Officer.  "We are tightening our belt, we will look for areas where we can get more funds. We will look how we can stretch the dollar so this community will not suffer any services lost."

The Christmas Goal was increased significantly this year, as the Salvation Army noticed an increase in need for services.

"We are seeing an increase in people coming through our doors in need of assistance. We knew that to be able to address that need, we would need to set an ambitious goal," Medlock said.

The 2013 Red Kettle Campaign enlisted the help of thousands in the community by volunteering to ring the bells over 10,000 hours. Nine organizations were full day sponsors; providing volunteers for 140+ hours.  Another fourteen organizations provided volunteers for 40–125 hours. Tom Dawson, Honorary Kettle Chairman, thanked the press and everyone involved in helping with the Campaign and also talked about the Campaign Highlights.

The campaign amounts to more than 60 percent of The Salvation Army's annual budget. The donations go toward services such as the more than 60,000 hot meals served last year, the many emergencies responses by The Salvation Army's Emergency Services Disaster team, and other types of assistance provided such as rent, utilities and prescription care.

The Salvation Army adds it is never too late to give. Donations given at any point in the year will go toward funding their programs.

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