By: Meredith Hillgartner
So far it has been a Bah-Hum-Bug Christmas for the Salvation Army.
“I’m not going to say it’s not possible because we always believe God will provide,” Salvation Army Director Justin Eatherly said. “This community has always been so supportive of us so we know they are there for us.”
Eatherly is talking about money.
The Salvation Army has struggled this bell ringing season to raise the money they need for next years budget.
“Right now we are at about $142, 000,” Eatherly said. “We need to be at $ 225,000 to reach our goal by Tuesday.”
That means they need to raise about $20,000 a day.
Without the money Eatherly said their jobs are going to get even harder.
“That includes our feeding services, our sheltering, our disaster work, anything that someone might need when they come to us,” Eatherly said. “The money donated in these kettles, utility assistance, rent assistance, clothing vouchers all of these things.”
But Eatherly said it is not the communities fault-this time we can blame Mother Nature.
Weather aside this year they also had a shorter ringing season than normal.
“Thanksgiving came a little bit later than usual this year,” Eatherly said. “We lost about five to six days there of ringing. All these contribute to the lack of fundraising we’ve had.”
But the fight isn’t over-There are a still a four more days left and the Salvation Army is getting creative, trying to find new ways to raise the money.
“We’re out here at Premiere Cinemas and Imax,” Eatherly said. “They have allowed us to ring here for a couple of days to maybe make up some of this deficit .”
Premiere might be an unconventional ringing venue but Efrian Duarte with the theater said it is the least they can do.
“We are locally owned,”