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State College Salvation Army in need of volunteers

15 December 2017

Money collected during the Red Kettle Campaign helps fund meals for those in need and Christmas gifts for children who might not otherwise have anything to open on Christmas morning.

Officials say more than 400 families need help this year, the event goes until Friday.

Lt. Charles Smith with The Salvation Army says this year they are very low.

The Salvation Army's Christmas Kettle campaign is one and a half weeks from the final collection day and although the city has been supportive, the total collected has fallen far behind past year at this point.

"We are making an appeal for persons to give more".

"Last year we've had nearly 7,000 children that received toys as a part of the hamper program and we expect the need will be just as great", said Anne Marie DeCicco-Best, London's former mayor and the chair of the Salvation Army's kettle campaign.

The Salvation Army is hoping its annual guns and hoses competition this weekend will help generate additional donations to help it reach goal.

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Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of SC Johnson, has pledged a two-for-one personal match for all donations at Racine-area Salvation Army red kettles on Saturday.

Past year in MA, the Salvation Army provided more than 2.4 million meals, almost 200,000 nights of shelter, more than 67,000 days of child care, and 343,333 Christmas gifts for children.

"Sometimes we're just not able to help as many people as we did the previous year", said Lt. Charles.

"We're volunteers, so we're not paying anybody". The Salvation Army also operates community center programs for children and seniors.

All kettles require a volunteer to accept donations, and without enough volunteers, fundraising efforts will continue to fall.

A total of 375 families have registered with the Salvation Army to receive assistance this Christmas.

State College Salvation Army in need of volunteers