The Salvation Army of Manitowoc County has only reached $36,000 of their $120,000 goal from Red Kettle donations, and the organization only has 11 days left to make it before they have to cut programs to stay under budget.
The $36,000 leaves the Manitowoc County chapter with just 30% of their fundraising goal complete. The money supports the 2018 programs that the organization serves the community with.
Not only is the organization down on donations this holiday season, but the leaders of the chapter even lowered their fundraising goal before the Red Kettle campaign started.
“Our red kettle campaign goal is $120,000 this year, which is actually, we’ve reduced that, down from $150,000 last year, and that’s why our struggle is such a surprise this year,” Lt. Jeff Olson of the Manitowoc County Salvation Army said.
The reasons why the fundraising is lower?
“We’re struggling this year for most of the same reasons as last year, is that people aren’t carrying cash, but we’re also finding this year that we’re really down in our volunteer bell-ringers, and if you don’t have a bell-ringer at a kettle, that kettle brings in absolutely no money,” Olson said.
If you drop some change into a red kettle, here are some examples of what your money supports for a full year.
After school programs and meals for children, free doctor check-ups for people in need, helping families displaced from emergencies, like fires, and much more.
“And of course our feeding program so we have a pantry that we have 400 families go through our pantry on a monthly basis,” Olson explained. “And so the majority of our funding goes to those types of social services.”
If they can’t meet their goal, the budget gets tighter.
“We’ll have to cut programs, that’s always what has to happen. There’s no magical money, there’s no money that comes from another source,” Olson added.
If you would like to donate to help the organization meet their goal, click here.