Fort Wayne Salvation Army hurting for donations

MIRACLE Central Highlands Mayor Kerry Hayes and Salvation Army Captain Lenore Whittaker after launching The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal

Salvation Army adds Christmas sign-up

Fort Wayne area donations to the annual holiday fundraiser are running about 20 percent behind where they should be at this point of the season, Capt. Luis Acosta, the Army's pastor-administrator reported today.

An anonymous donor dropped a rare coin with an estimated worth of nearly $300 into a Salvation Army red kettle at a Kroger store in Milford.

Volunteers interested in helping to ring bells and collect money are also needed, and can sign up to do so by calling The Salvation Army of Midland, at 989-496-2787. "People can call me until December 24 to make a donation and I would be happy with assisting them with it". "It's going to help a lot of people".

"When I didn't have nowhere to go to get food to eat, I could go there and get some food", said Baldwin.

Major Dean says this is the first time they've ever had a kettle stolen and the timing couldn't be worse.

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"It feels good to give back to the community", said Tina Lumley, paint shop employee.

"This is a commitment this team has made to the community, to be part of something", said Glenn Johnson, president of UAW Local 1112. "If we don't have the bell ringers out here doing this, we wouldn't be able to raise the funds that we need to take care of our community".

Santa said, "It's definitely a joy to see a smile on a child's face when they see Santa Claus in person".

The Salvation Army speaks with a voice representing all non-profits who depend on charity to strengthen the social sector.

Sign-ups will be hosted at the Salvation Army office in Terre Haute from 10 noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Friday.

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