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Bend Salvation Army less than halfway to Christmas bell-ringing goal

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BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- With just 14 days of bell ringing this season, The Salvation Army needs to raise $120,000 to keep critical programs alive and serving those in the most need.  So far, as of Dec. 7, the kettles are at just 45% of the needed funds, with $55,000 raised. 

“We are so grateful for the community’s support throughout the year, and right now, we are asking that everyone dig a little deeper and give a nickel, quarter, dollar or more at the next kettle they see,” said Captain Michael Johnson, Corps Officer at The Salvation Army in Bend. 

“Your donations can literally change lives, and without it, we will be faced with some difficult decisions that we don’t want to have to make – which services and opportunities we will have to cut to make up for the loss in kettle income.”

Funds raised during the Kettle Season last year helped The Salvation ARmys make it possible to provide critical support for over 15,000 people, through food, after school programs, and more.

If the donations don’t meet the growing need and costs, The Salvation Army will be forced to make the tough decision of what to cut back on.

Red Kettles can be found at Fred Meyer, Walmart, Albertsons, Safeway, Bi-Mart throughout Bend, Redmond and La Pine. 

The iconic Red Kettle Campaign began in 1891 in San Francisco and has since become a Christmas tradition.

To make a donation or volunteer, visit Cascade.SalvationArmy.Org

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About the Red Kettle Campaign

From its humble origin as a fundraiser started by a Salvation Army captain in San Francisco in 1891, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States. As part of the campaign, more than 25,000 Salvation Army workers and volunteers spread throughout the country to ring bells and solicit spare change donations to the iconic red kettles from holiday shoppers.  Last year, money raised helped The Salvation Army provide food, clothing, toys and other assistance to 30 million Americans in need. Donate now to help our neighbors in need at Cascade.SalvationArmy.org

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Barney Lerten

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