Salvation Army of Brown County hosting Christmas in July campaign

By Heather Sawaski, Local 5 News

Published 07/22 2014 04:43PM

Updated 07/22 2014 06:00PM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - It's not a trip Richard Longsine likes to make.

"I keep my head afloat sometimes and I don't need to come here," he said, while in line at the Salvation Army of Brown County food pantry.

But times do get tough and he turns to the pantry for help.

"I can have a meal and I don't have to worry about if I can have food tomorrow," explained Longsine. "Then I can worry about just getting by a little bit until payday again."

He's one of 19,000 people who use the dozens of services provided by organization every year. The pantry serves 500 households a month. The lunch program serves about 200 people every day.

"I like people and this is a fine time to come and sign in have a cup of coffee and socialize," commented Jim Haevers, who occasionally attends the lunch program.

The money to pay for these programs comes from donations. After falling short of their goal during the 2013 Christmas campaign, the red kettles and bells are back in action for this week only.

"What we want to do is remind the community that need knows no season and it's really a year round helping that we do," explained Nan Pahl, Director of Social Services.

The organization hopes to raise $30,000 this week. You can find the kettles at local Festival Foods and Copps stores.

"Any loose change or maybe a dollar that you have that you could put in our kettle when you're doing your grocery shopping," said Pahl. "Just think of your neighbors in need in our community."

"Very grateful. I'm very grateful," added Longsine. "I thank them every day."

Besides the kettles, the campaign also consists of other fundraising events throughout the week. For a complete list, click here.

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