Salvation Army red kettle donations fall short

COLUMBUS, Ga.- The Salvation Army is nearing the end of collecting donations through the Christmas kettles we commonly see outside of stores. But for the first time, donations may fall short.

Wltz’s cristina mendez shows us how giving even the smallest amount of change can make all the difference for families in our community.

"If you see us and you have some change, it can make a difference" said Corps. Officer at the Salvation Army, Matthew Cunningham.

This year, the Salvation Army is trying to collect $150,000 but have only gotten half of this amount.

"We run a men’s shelter, we have a soup kitchen and help people stay in their homes by providing rent and utilities to find scholarships for after school programs so this money is vital for us to run throughout the whole year" Cunningham explained.

Also, some of the money you’re putting into the red kettles we commonly see outside of retail stores this Christmas season will be going into buying individual children Christmas presents in the Chattahoochee Valley. Over 1,200 kids are being served for their individual needs.

Volunteers have been working for weeks to organize toys on each child’s Christmas list. For some people, giving presents to children isn’t the only thing being donated but their time and effort too.

One volunter, Davina Durham said "It’s just a real joy just to know that you’re giving back to people who may not have you know a lot of us have over or above what we need and so it’s just nice to know that you’re giving back to someone may not".

The red kettles will be out around the Chattahoochee Valley until Christmas Eve.

If you want to donate toys to the salvation army, there are several drop off locations including Walmart on both Whittlsey Road and Airport Thruway. You can also go to the Salvation Army on 5201 Warm Springs Road in Columbus.

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