As of the end of its Red Kettle fundraising campaign on Dec. 23, the Salvation Army in Garden City had raised more than $56,000 of its $58,000 goal, but is still taking donations.
Despite a near $1,700 shortfall, Lt. Jeff Curran with the Salvation Army said on Wednesday that the organization should not have to make adjustments to its 2018 budget or make any changes to services/programs or staffing.
“At this point, we’re not looking at making any major changes,” Curran said.
In previous interviews with The Telegram, Curran said that if the goal is not reached, then the Salvation Army would have to re-evaluate its near $500,000 budget if there was a shortfall in the campaign.
“The big thing is is that we don’t have to reduce any services or make cuts to our services that we provide, or at least nothing where the impact will be felt greatly,” he said. “There were a few things that we thought about adding or doing differently, but we will have to reevaluate and see how we can do them. We can still be OK to provide the services that we have before.”
During the campaign, red kettles are placed outside various businesses around Garden City, and volunteers ring bells to bring attention to the kettles and the cause. People shopping at the businesses, or people just interested in donating, can drop money into the secured kettles.
The campaign lasts about a month, and ended on Dec. 23. It is in conjunction with the Salvation Army’s Christmas Campaign, which includes the Angel Tree program and other donations.
On Dec. 14, with just nine days left in the campaign, Curran reported that the Salvation Army had reached nearly 60 percent of its campaign goal. The campaign did manage to raise 98 percent of its fundraising goal by Dec. 23.
“I think that the last few days leading up to Christmas, people are a little bit more in the Christmas spirit,” Curran said, when asked what led to the hike in donations near the end of the campaign. “… We were actually able to get a few more people out bell ringing, too. Every little bit adds up.”
There were about 200 volunteers who helped ring bells for the campaign, which is about typical, Curran said.
“We’re just happy to get people out and having a good time doing it,” he said.
“We just really appreciate the giving people this year and all the people that helped us,” Curran said. “Even though we didn’t reach our goal, we want to thank all those people. … I know a lot of people worked hard for us to make it happen, and we encourage people to give throughout the year.”
Curran said that overall he is pleased with the amount of money raised, considering some Salvation Army organizations in other areas were much further from reaching their goals.
“For us, it’s not the end of the road, because we can still accept donations throughout the year that will make up for some of that shortfall,” he said.
Curran said anyone interested in donating can do so by mailing checks to the facility at 216 N. Ninth St. in Garden City. For more information, contact the Salvation Army at (620) 276-4027.
“It won’t help with our kettle goal, but it will help with our overall budget,” Curran said.
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