Salvation Army at 47 percent of $800,000 goal

FLINT — The Salvation Army Red Kettles are filling up at a very slow pace this year, and with Christmas Eve being on Sunday this year the impact will be even greater.

Sunday is a day of rest and time to worship with family and friends so dedicated bell ringers have time at to relax and rest. Last year the total collected across the county on Christmas Eve Day was just over $24,000.

That makes the next several days extremely important to our campaign. “The generosity of Genesee County residents is witnessed each year through this vital campaign. The Salvation Army is committed to continue fighting for good throughout the county – standing ready to combat hopelessness and despair wherever it may exist,” said Captain Caleb B. Senn, Regional Coordinator.

With temperatures falling and snow accumulating daily, families that were able to live with no heat or water in the warmer weather find themselves searching for help and shelter so the need for our services by our community continues to increase. Case managers are meeting with new families every day, many only days away from eviction and no heat or electricity.

More than 500 Genesee County families applied for help this Christmas with toys, food and clothing through The Salvation Army Christmas Assistance Program. More than 1,000 coat vouchers were distributed so children could receive warm, winter coats necessary to walk to school.

The need for assistance is so much greater this year and looking into 2018 the trend is escalating very quickly.

Funds raised through the 2017 Red Kettle Christmas campaign will help Genesee County families throughout the 2017/2018 year. Last year, The Salvation Army provided basic needs emergency financial assistance for over 3,813 residents to help families keep their utilities turned on, as well as providing assistance to avoid homelessness by providing the financial support to help them remain in their homes without the worry of eviction or foreclosure.

Utilities providing heat, lights and water kept families, children and elderly clients warm and healthy. Our food distribution program provided over 13,000 food orders from our Food If you’d like to help, visit to make your donation.

For online shoppers, please consider giving through our Mobile Cause cell phone application. Just text: Keyword: SEASON to 91999 and complete your gift. — G.G.

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