Salvation Red Kettle donations currently down 20 percent

GENESEE COUNTY – The Salvation Army is in full swing with the Red Kettle Campaign at all partner locations across Genesee County and needs community support to assist families during the coming year.

The Salvation Army is currently 20 percent down in donations from 2016. With a total number of days being 37 this season, they will have three less days than the 2016 campaign, one of them being Christmas Eve, their biggest day of the year.

Bells won’t be heard and kettles are not at the sites on Sundays. That leaves six days during the week to meet its goal of $800,000.

“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.

The Red Kettle “Miracle” of Christmas and HOPE continues the entire year as families with children, veterans and the elderly are nourished with food items from the Food Reclamation Program, serving the needs of more than 13,000 residents in fiscal year 2017.

Daily, the Salvation Army’s Social Service Case Managers meet the critical basic needs of providing financial assistance and emotional support to families facing payments of utility, water shutoff and rent eviction notifications. These services provided 3,813 residents with Hope and Peace during 2017.

The Salvation Army is one of the most trusted human service organizations and is committed to “Doing the Most Good” with your contributions, time and resources-$.87 of every dollar goes directly to programming/ services.

The Salvation Army is urging donors to take advantage of tax relief by donating their IRA charitable rollover distributions to The Salvation Army, Genesee County. The IRA Charitable Rollover allows individuals who are 70 1/2 years old to donate up to $100,000 to charitable organizations directly from their IRA, without that donation being counted as taxable income when it is withdrawn.

To qualify, contributions must come from a traditional IRA or Roth IRA, and they must be made directly to a qualified charitable organization. Additionally, the donor may not receive goods or services in exchange for the donation, and they must retain a receipt from each charity to which a donation is made.

Please contact your Financial Advisor or Joy Martinbianco, Development Director at 810-232-1684 for further information.

Details: Visit or to make a donation. – G.G.

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