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Salvation Army nears goal with days remaining

FLINT – A shortened holiday ringing season at some retailers took their toll on the Genesee County Salvation Army annual Red Kettle Campaign.

The nonprofit came up $90,000 short of its $815,000 goal, the first time we have seen the organization fall significantly short.

“People, understandably so, were in a hurry. They wanted to get from the store and into their cars as quickly as possible,” Senn said. “In addition, some of our major red kettle bell ringing stores went out of business before the end of the campaign.” People have a tendency to carry less cash these days and to shop on-line for gifts—this impacts our Red Kettle Campaign as well. The lack of donations will impact the services the Salvation Army can offer throughout this year.

“One of our big services we offer in our area is the opportunity to help people with their rent and utilities so that they can continue operating in their way of life,” Senn said. “When we’re short as much as we are, it will impact programs such as this.”

Although the annual drive came up short, Senn said he is thankful and appreciative of the funds that were raised.

“We are thankful for all of the organizations and volunteers who helped us raise what we did raise,” he said. “It was a tough year, and we couldn’t have raised what we did without their generous support.”

Donations are still being accepting for the 2015 annual Red Kettle Campaign until Jan. 31. Anyone who would like to make a contribution can drop off or mail their contribution to The Salvation Army at 211 W. Kearsley Street, Flint, Michigan 48502. On line donations can be made on our website: – G.G.

BBBS of Greater Flint 10th Annual Mentoring Inspiration Breakfast

FLINT – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint will host its 10th Annual Mentoring Inspiration Breakfast on Jan. 18, at the Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy, 4100 S. Saginaw Street. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the program beginning promptly at 9 a.m. Dr. Umar Johnson will be the keynote speaker.

Johnson, is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist who practices privately throughout Pennsylvania and lectures throughout the country. Dr. Johnson is a blood relative of Frederick Douglass, the great Black abolitionist and orator. As a school psychologist Umar evaluates children ages 3-21 in an effort to determine if they have educational disabilities and a need for special education services. Dr. Johnson is considered a national expert on learning disabilities and their effect on Black children, as well an expert on helping schools and parents modify challenging behaviors that can ultimately lead to disruptive behavior disorder diagnoses in Black boys. Lawrence E. Moon will serve as Master of Ceremony. Admission for the event is $15. Advanced ticket purchases appreciated, available online at or in our office. For more information, or to RSVP, call Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint at 810-235-0617. – G.G.

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