December 4, 2005
Last year the Salvation Army raised $200,000, and that’s just here in the CSRA. But so far, the nickels and dimes aren’t adding up like they should and the non-profit organization is digging for more donations. News 12 is on your side with why that is and ways you can help.
They’re ringing ‘round the clock as you head in and out of stores, but the dollars aren’t dropping as often as the Salvation Army wishes they would.
“We are down just a little bit from last year,” said Major Leisa Hall, Salvation Army.
By two percent to be exact, which is why Major Leisa Hall is ramping up her efforts like recruiting more volunteers than last year.
But 2005 has proven to be tough. Americans have already donated much of their extra money to hurricane and disaster relief, a worthy cause admits Hall, but one that could leave the Salvation Army hanging.
“We are a little concerned about that affecting our donations. Hopefully it won’t and those nickels and dimes and quarters really do add up over the kettle season. But we do anticipate some downfall because of that,” Hall said.
And another downfall, the loss of locations. Due to solicitation policies, the Augusta Mall is not allowing these kettles on weekends, limiting ringers to just weekdays.
“The local mall managers went to bat for us and we’re able to stand Monday through Friday, but Saturday. And next year we won’t be able to stand there at all so we’ll have to find some places to make up that difference,” Hall said.
In the meantime, the non-profit organization will rely on more than twenty other stores like K-Mart, Wal-Mart and grocery stores.
“There’s still plenty of chances to give,” Hall said.
Their wish lists of coins, cash and some Christmas generosity.
“When you’re going to pick up a gallon of milk, drop in a quarter and it will go a long way,” Hall said.
Digger deeper tonight, here’s where your donations are going: The Salvation Army houses 115 people a night at their shelter that’s open 365 days a year. They also have a soup line and kitchen and free drug and alcohol substance abuse program. Volunteers are always needed. If you’re interested, call 826-7933.