Salvation Army of the Black Hills’ Christmas Campaign goal comes up short, community support requested

Salvation Army Bell RingerRAPID CITY, S.D. — The Salvation Army of the Black Hills’ Christmas Campaign took a hard hit during its last days in 2022 due to a snowstorm and frigid temperatures.

Traditionally, more donations are dropped into red kettles during the final week of Kettle Season than during any other week of the month-and-a-half-long fundraising campaign. However, due to the storm, the Salvation Army of the Black Hills has been working to fill the fundraising shortfall of $100,000.

“Donations to Salvation Army red kettles are critically important and the deadline has been extended to January 31st,” said Major Jerry O’Neil, Black Hills Area Coordinator. “We have seven days to garner donations to make it possible for The Salvation Army to carry out its mission to serve those in need year-round. The needs funded by these donations range from providing food and utility-bill assistance to breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty and more—in Rapid City, around Pennington County, and in the Spearfish area, as well.”

Local Salvation Army officials are asking the Black Hills community for its help in filling in the campaign shortfall in order to ensure that its array of social services programs keeps going strong and uninterrupted throughout 2023.

Even though the kettles have been put away for the season, campaign donations can still be made online, or a check can be mailed to 405 N. Cherry Ave., Rapid City, SD 57701.

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