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Salvation Army

Salvation Army

The holiday season has ended, but local charities hope your giving spirit spills into 2019.


Salvation Army

The holiday season has ended, but local charities hope your giving spirit spills into 2019.

When donations slow down, organizations get creative to encourage you to continue to give.

Our blair schaefer visited one group to find out how they do it.

She joins us in the studio with more.

Aundrea, the salvation army thrives on donations.

Much of their money comes in through the familiar red kettle drive during the christmas holidays.

But as i learned from their service center manager they find many ways to stay afloat throughout the year.

"we have families you know they lose their house in a fire and so they come to us and were able to help them with food or clothing or you know they get into a new place and so we provide them with furniture if we have it."

When these tragedies strike, the salvation army wants to have funds available to help.

According to service center manager, katie walker, people tend to be more generous during the holiday season.

But she says "needs know no season".

"if they've had a child or them self has gotten sick so they can't work, we're able to fill in the gap's with food."

And when donations are slow coming in... that's when walker and her team get a little creative..

"we do a spring trivia night fundraiser to kind of raise some money so just different activities or events we try to hold throughout the year."

Fortunately, the starkville salvation army has strong community support, including local chairman larry moore.

Moore knows what it takes to get the help where it's needed..

"you know we have to have money in order to keep the salvation going and just like trying to help people throughout the year like a light bill some people can't afford to pay the light bill if we can help them we will."

And when those big disasters hit, moore knows he can count on his co-workers at southwire and the surrounding community to áreallyá step up... "just like storms we have storms we bring a truck in out at walmart and try to help bring in donations and stuff like that so as a company we believe in giving back."

The salvation army in starkville raised over $54,000 this year during their red kettle campaign.

And walker says even though they didn't reach their goal of 56,000, they're going to aim higher this year..


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