Salvation Army in need of critical funds

With many consumers shopping online or doing drive through pickups this year, the Salvation Army store front Red Kettle Campaign is lagging behind.

The Salvation Army’s Christmas Campaign is critical not only to assisting families during the holiday season, but also to meeting needs throughout the Black Hills all year long.

Salvation Army Bell Ringer

Salvation Army Bell Ringer

Salvation Army Bell Ringer

The Black Hills Area Salvation Army expects to serve over 6,000 individuals during the holiday season.

The organization reports that they have raised 62% of their campaign goal – they need an additional $130,000 to raise until the end of the year.

Salvation Army Bell Ringer

Capt. Javier Moreno, Black Hills Area Coordinator of Salvation Army, says, “It is quite a big task that we have ahead of us, but you know, we have seen the generosity throughout these past days and how they have really come through, and so we have cautious optimism about reaching our goal this year.”

There are still many opportunities to ring the bell, with a minimum two hour shift. Each volunteer will get their name in a drawing for a $900 diamond necklace from Riddles Jewelry. The red kettle is out until December 24.

Salvation Army Bell Ringer

Red kettles also have a chip reader available for online payment options.

Moreno says, “So this year it is extremely important because we have actually seen an increase in need, from the onset of COVID we actually had requests for assistance four times the normal amount. The funds that are raised are extremely important in order for us to be able to do what we do.”

Salvation Army Bell Ringer

Salvation Army Bell Ringer

Salvation Army Bell Ringer

Checks can be mailed or dropped off at 405 N. Cherry Avenue in Rapid City or 320 Ryan Road in Spearfish and online donations can made at www.blackhillsredkettle.org through December 31.

Salvation Army Bell Ringer

Angel tree donations can be made here.

Bell ringer volunteers can register, here.

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