Salvation Army struggling for 'Red Kettle' donations

Salvation Army struggling for 'Red Kettle' donations

LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - It's the giving season. Each year Lawton Salvation Army collects donation after donation for their Red Kettle campaign.  
But, this year they are short $10,000 dollars. The non-profit organization is asking for the community's support to help reach their goal of $100,000.

"Christmas is about giving back to others and sharing what you have with others and bringing peace and hope to those who don't have hope and peace," said Major David Robinson.

Red Kettles are set up at 21 locations across Lawton, including Central Mall and Wal-Mart. Initially, the Salvation Army was on track to reach their goal, but they started to notice a decrease in donations last week.

"The number of our kettle workers have been dropping," said Robinson. "We've had fewer kettles out ringing and that's hurt us a little bit."

Volunteers have worked up to 40 hours per week ringing the bells. They need to collect $2,800 a day up until Saturday to reach their goal. Donations will help with all aspects of the Salvation Army's mission to serve others.

"The funds go right back in the community to help with rent, utilities and food. All the things we do helping the community," said Robinson.

Robinson said his hope is that people will simply find it in their hearts to give.

"You make not think your pennies or your dime or your dollar is going to go very far, but it goes long ways in bringing a smile to someone's face," said Robinson. "Or, to give them hope where they didn't have hope."

The Salvation Army has until this Saturday at 6 pm to meet their goal. They will not be ringing on Christmas Eve because it is Sunday.

If you would like to donate, you can give at any kettle location or call the Salvation Army at (580) 355-1802.

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