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Salvation Army still in need of donations and volunteer bell ringers

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ROCHELLE B. BIRKELO
December 14, 2007
— As of Wednesday, the Salvation Army’s holiday fund-raising campaign had raised only 48 percent of its $285,000 goal.

After four weeks of bell ringing and receiving contributions through direct mailings and unsolicited donations, $137,989 has been raised, said Capt. Kirk Schuetz.


Thirty-five percent of the religious and charitable organization’s annual operating budget is raised through this campaign, he said.


The campaign was at 49 percent of its goal at this time last year, so donations are running slightly behind, Schuetz said.


“I want to urge people to send in their donations to help raise the funds needed to operate the rest of the year,” Schuetz said.


Money raised through the annual campaign helps fund the Salvation Army’s food pantry, noon feeding and transitional housing programs, plus its community center.


Salvation Army kettles will be at business locations throughout the city through Christmas Eve.


And there is a dire need for more volunteers.


“Thirty-two percent of the kettle sites and (bell ringing) time slots remain open,” Schuetz said.


TO HELP

Mail donations to the Janesville Salvation Army, 514 Sutherland Ave., Janesville, WI 53545, or give online at www.janesvillesa.org.


Funds are directed by ZIP Code to the local Salvation Army.


To be a volunteer bell ringer, call (608) 757-8300 or visit www.janesvillesa.org.

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