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Salvation Army asks for assistance reaching annual goal

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KSWT, KECY) - The Salvation Army says it really needs your help filling its bright red Christmas kettles.

The charity says it lost several "ringing days" because Thanksgiving came so late this year. Now it's only at 52-percent of it's goal of $50-thousand.

Red Kettle collections comprise about 20-percent of the donations the Salvation Army receives annually. The window for collection may be short, but the money goes a long way.

“That’s not only support during the holidays, but year-round services such as food for the hungry and rent and utilities assistance.” says Captain Jeffrey Breazeale, the Salvation Army's Yuma Corp Officer.

“One of the important things we want people to know is that money donated to The Salvation Army stays in Yuma County to provide vital local social service programs,” adds Capt. Breazeale.

In fact, 82-cents out of every dollar donated is used to support local programs and services.

Donating is simple. All you have to do is drop your coins or cash into one of the many Red Kettles currently stationed outside many local stores. You can also donate online at Yuma.salvationarmy.org. You can even ask Alexa to "make a donation to the Salvation Army."

“We have a very generous community here in Yuma, and we are grateful for their support of The Salvation Army. We hope that everyone will consider digging just a bit deeper this year to help those in our community who struggle with poverty every day,” says Capt. Breazeale.

“But, if you are unable to give monetarily, volunteering is also a great way to give back, and we are always in need of volunteers at our Red Kettles. Volunteering at a Red Kettle for just one hour can raise enough money to help The Salvation Army feed 13 people. That is a huge impact.” he adds.

For more information on how to volunteer, you can call 928-783-0181.

Lisa Sturgis

Lisa Sturgis recently returned to KYMA as its Digital Content Director, but she has a long history with the Desert Southwest.

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