Wednesday, 17 January, 2018

Topeka Salvation Army at halfway point of its Red Kettle Campaign goal

Charles Featherstone Charles Featherstone
Heather Davidson | 15 December, 2017, 05:10

"I'm just being honest; a part-time job that we will have to cut", says Maj.

"We know the people of Whitehorse are generous and supportive of their community, and we hope donations pick up the closer we get to Christmas".

The Salvation Army had used a former vehicle dealership site on Peters Creek Parkway for years to sort donations and as its hub for its Christmas giveaway to children.

"It's hectic and there's a lot of hustle and bustle but people are receiving the help they need and that's Christmas".

Donations to the Salvation Army help feed and house the homeless, help rehabilitate those in the throes of addiction, provide toys for children at Christmas, and ensure services are available for families affected by fires and other disasters.

"The funds from the Red Kettle are used to buy the groceries for the hampers and so on".

Volunteers are still needed to cover kettle shifts weekdays from 10 a.m.to 6 p.m. and December 23 from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. On-call volunteers are also needed for last-minute cancellations.

Hundreds of toys and thousands of dollars were collected for the Salvation Army Christmas Hamper program, which began on Wednesday.

"This is great for people who need community service hours", she said. "And then they're also gonna be able to pick out things like stocking stuffers, stuffed animals, family games, and we even have a table of hats and mittens".

Anyone interested in volunteering can visit signupgenius.com and type in Veroeven's email address, veroeven8359@gmail.com.

Starlene Collins, Manager of the Western Slope Food Bank said, she didn't expect the outcome to be as big as it was.

The Salvation Army centers in Colorado Springs are facing some uncommon challenges this year, but they are still confident they can hit their $350,000 fundraising goal with their iconic Red Kettle Bell Ringing Campaign.

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