Salvation Army needs donations for Thanksgiving Dinner; Red Kettle campaign doing well

By Nick Kovatch on November 20 at 1:32pm

The Jacksonville Salvation Army is in desperate need of donations for its Thanksgiving Meal.

Salvation Army Captain Terry Selvege says the meal is Tuesday at from Noon to 1:00 at Grace United Methodist Church.

“Donations for the Thanksgiving meal have been very slow in coming. We only have four frozen turkeys; everything that you normally serve at a big Thanksgiving feast, we’re short on at the moment,” Selvege says.

Selvege says the meal serves between 200 and 300 people.

“Without the community stepping forward, this meal wouldn’t be available for them, and the volunteers that help out individuals that will come in early to help cook the turkeys and the other food- it’s something that means something to a lot of people here in the community,” he says.

Those that want to volunteer can call the Salvation Army Citadel at 245-7124. Donations can be dropped off at the Citadel at 331 West Douglas.

There is good news coming from the Salvation Army today. Selvege says the Red Kettle campaign has collected more than $7,500 so far. That’s about $1,000 more than this time last year.

“We need this to continue. Last year, we did make our goal by about $3,000, but it took the last week of a lot of people giving,” he says. “So, it’s always a little bit nicer to see us be ahead early in the game then sweating at the end of the game.”

This year’s fundraising goal is $147,000. Last year, more than $143,000 was collected in the Red Kettle campaign.

Selvege says volunteers are also needed to ring the bells. Those interested can call 245-7124.