Donations to Salvation Army doubled on Saturday in Ann Arbor-area

Donations to Salvation Army doubled on Saturday in Ann Arbor-area

Donations to Salvation Army doubled on Saturday in Ann Arbor-area

It's the time of the year when bell ringers from the Salvation Army get donations to support the charity's mission for the entire year.

"The Kettle Drive is our largest fundraiser of the year - it's our annual fund drive, so it helps us cover our seasonal expenses as well as help us with our overhead for operations", Hughes said.

"The Kettle goal is $75,000 for the year, and so far we are at about $66,000", said Sharp.

About four years ago, O'Mara started collecting donations during the holidays for the Salvation Army, she said.

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"The Salvation Army needs your help in achieving this goal so that we may continue to provide hope to those in need within our community, especially during the winter months", reads the release.

Donations are still being accepted until 7:00 p.m. this Saturday.

Members of the Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor will ring bells on behalf of the Salvation Army throughout the community. Now, Regamey said three-quarters of its volunteer shifts have been covered for the final days. "The Salvation Army does have opportunities for online donations, but that hasn't kept up with the difference in what we've been down in our kettles". In addition to the meals served at the Wisconsin Center, there will be between 1,500 to 2,000 meals, packed up and sent to different centers and churches across the area for people to pick up.

Stewart said volunteers - both individuals and businesses - made the initiative possible this year.

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