Salvation Army falls short of 2014 holiday fundraising goal


The Salvation Army raised $11.2 million dollars in just 92 days, thanks to donors in the Twin Cities. That falls $300,000 short of the Army’s $11.5 million goal for the 2014 Christmas Campaign. It’s only the second time that has happened in the past 15 years. 
 “We are gratified to have raised that much money,” said Major Jeff Strickler, Twin Cities Commander. “But the fact that we fell short of our goal means we have work to do early in 2015. Otherwise, we run the risk of having to cut programming.”
 The red kettles also fell about $50,000 short of their goal this year, taking in nearly $3 million. Volunteer bell ringers signed up for 16,000 hours of ringing, matching the numbers from last year. 
 This Christmas, the Salvation Army assisted 3,000 households with gift cards for holiday meals, served 1,420 hot Christmas meals and provided nearly 25,000 local children with toys and gifts. Thousands more were helped with food and meals every day throughout the season.
 The Twin Cities Salvation Army serves 234,000 people a year through 28 local centers of operation. Daily it serves 2,000 hot meals and shelters more than 1,000 people each night. Nearly 28,000 local volunteers help The Salvation Army provide these and other services, from child daycare to senior housing. 
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