Salvation Army needing more donations this holiday season

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Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- After two shelters close down in Augusta, more people are turning to the Salvation Army.

The shelter has had a record number of people asking for a warm meal and a warm bed. That's why its need for donations from the community is also at it's peak.This afternoon the Salvation Army opened their doors to show people where exactly that money goes.

"ll the money that people give to these kettles is used right in this community for the Center of Hope," said Ray Brown, who is on the Salvation Army Advisory Board.

The Salvation Army has had record highs for its occupancy since the summer.The past three months they've been at 125%. The director of the shelter says the red kettles have brought in most of the funds this year but general donations are down. They hope by showing people where that money goes, it will help raise more money.

"We knew they were doing a good job but being able to go through the facility is just so much better," Diane Sleister said. Sleister was one of the many people who toured the shelter.

The Salvation Army says just by opening its doors, people see the very real need of their neighbors. So more people are volunteering to help, either by giving money, food and care items, or their time.