Donation totals down for Red Kettle Campaign

By Ryne Turke on December 9, 2015 at 12:42pm

Things aren’t off to a good start for the Jacksonville Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign.

Captain Charles Pinkston appeared on WLDS’ “AM-Conversation” this morning and noted the Salvation Army has a long way to go to reach the annual donation goal of $200,000.

“We’re defiantly behind for the year. We’ve rang 17 days and there are 14 left to go. We are only at 24 percent of our goal, so we are sitting at around $48,000,” says Pinkston.

For the mail appeal we have only brought in around $10,000 with a goal of $50,000. General donations are at around $11,000 and we are looking for $50,000. For the kettles alone, we are looking for $100,000 but we are at $28,000. Everything is lower than where is should be.”

On a positive note, Pinkston says the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program has been a success.

“We still have Angel Tree tags out at Walmart and ShopKo if people want to buy a gift for a child. We do our distribution next week, so we would like to have those in by Wednesday if possible.”

Anyone wishing to make a donation in Jacksonville can find red kettles at ShopKo, Walmart, Midlands, County Market, JC Penney and both Walgreens.