Salvation Army about 40% away from goal

Christmas Assistance Program distribution begins

The Salvation Army also raises money for La Salle-Peru.

However, more people are still needed to continue monitoring the kettles, with shifts available during the crucial final week.

Igleheart said much of the fundraising success has occurred adjacent to the big-box retailers with large parking lots and high vehicle traffic volume.

Those interested in volunteering can call the Salvation Army at 815-672-2746.

"Communities know and support what we do - and they appreciate what we do, the hard work we do behind the scenes", he said. The giveaway, Delaney says, requires a year-long effort by several local groups. The company president said the fire at the Salvation Army last week really brought the Meadville community together more than he ever thought possible.

"Generally speaking, the last week is usually the best", she said.

"Text "SHARE" to 41444 or they can go to the Salvation Army's website", explains Ferreira.

A few months ago, the Goldspink family made the heart-breaking decision to turn their focus this year to more pressing family issues. I simply patronize them as little as I can, because I don't share their corporate values.

"It's not over until it's over", Kay Mason said. "And that's what it's all about".

"If we can keep our locations manned we may make it, but it's hard to get people to ring on Saturdays", she said. Even if we don't make that goal, God takes care of us, he provides for us.

Kay Mason added every year is unique, but between the people she has met and the consistent joy that it gives others every year, it's been well worth it.

After a kettle campaign plea earlier this month, the Salvation Army of Chatham-Kent has closed the gap compared to where it was previous year.

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