The Salvation Army of Tuscaloosa is thanking the public for an outpouring of support to help make up a shortfall in red kettle donations this year.
A week before Christmas, the Tuscaloosa chapter announced it was short more than $40,000, compared to the previous year's donation total. The Salvation Army attributed the shortfall to the shorter time period between Thanksgiving and Christmas, meaning there was one less week for the kettle campaign.
The Salvation Army did not release exact numbers on how much was raised this year, but Captain Dean Moretz said the public helped to make up a major portion of the approximate $40,000 needed.
"The community came out and helped us tremendously to narrow that gap," Moretz said. "You know, I would hate to see what would have happened if we didn't make that appeal and the folks didn't respond the way they did."
However, the Salvation Army of Tuscaloosa did fall short of its overall goal for the kettle campaign. The say it's not too late to give, and the need for support continues throughout the year.
"People can still give," Captain Pamela Moretz said. "They can give online, or they can come to the office. If they'll earmark their check for Tuscaloosa, it will stay in the county."
Many people receive unwanted gift cards for Christmas. The Salvation Army says it gladly accepts gift cards.
Contact The Salvation Army at (205) 553-1600 if you would like to make a donation. Donations can also be mailed to 1601 University Blvd East, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35404.
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