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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Less time could result in fewer donations

  • With one less week between Thanksgiving and Christmas on the calendar, Lt. Philip Canning worries Red Kettle and Angel Tree donations will drop this year.
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  • With one less week between Thanksgiving and Christmas on the calendar, Lt. Philip Canning worries Red Kettle and Angel Tree donations will drop this year.
    “It’s vitally important people give when they have the opportunity,” he said. “Any amount helps.”
    The Red Kettle program is the single largest fundraiser of the year, said Canning, adding the proceeds not only help the Salvation Army with the Christmas season but also year-round.
    “We’re feeling the pressure,” he said.
    Canning said even if donations amount up to the same every day, the Salvation Army will still come up about $12,000 less than previous years due to the lost week alone. On top of that, Canning said the winter weather that moved in Thursday and Friday is another factor that may have put a hold on people making donations.
    Canning said if 12 people would make a single donation each of $1,000, that would fill in the lost week but said any amount is welcomed and will help.
    “We need the people’s support to get through this time,” he said.
    Canning said while he’s concerned about the Red Kettle donations, his mind is a little more at ease with the Angel Tree project.
    “It appears it’s going well,” he said.
    While there are still several angels waiting to be adopted from the Angel Trees, Canning said many have been picked up and the donations are beginning to arrive at the Salvation Army.
    “People have been responding pretty well,” he said.
    The deadline for Angel Tree donation drop offs is Wednesday by 5 p.m.
     

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