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December 17, 2013

Donations running behind

ENID, Okla. — Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign has raised $63,000 so far, but donations are running behind what’s needed.

“I’m very concerned about the lost kettle days this year and how this will impact our ability to help those who are hurting,” said Capt. Ernest Hull. “The red kettles are a symbol of giving and represent a tradition of caring that is passed down from generation to generation.”

The campaign got a late start, because of the late Thanksgiving date — losing five days, which equates to about $10,000 in donations, Hull said. Add to that several days of bad weather, when Salvation Army didn’t put out kettles for safety reasons, and the situation becomes critical.

Donations coming in between now and the end of the year are vital in Salvation Army’s ability to meet needs in Enid, he said.

“We’re hoping that shoppers will remember their neighbors in need when they see a Salvation Army bell ringer in the community during the coming weeks and be as generous as they can to help.” Hull said.

Money raised during the campaign helps provide meals and shelters for families in need, Christmas toys for children and other services throughout the year.

Donations can be made at the kettles at various businesses throughout town. or online at Donations also can be mailed to Salvation Army, 516 N. Independence, Enid, OK 73701 or by calling (800) SAL-ARMY. Gifts of stock also are accepted, Hull said, by calling Salvation Army.

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