Few days left to change lives: The Salvation Army’s race to reach fundraising goal

Published 5:25 pm Wednesday, December 20, 2023

With only five days remaining until Christmas, The Salvation Army is asking for the community’s support to help meet its fundraising goal of $47,000 for the 2023 Red Kettle Campaign.

The annual campaign is the organization’s primary fundraiser, which provides year-round assistance to community members experiencing unforeseen crises or financial hardship.

“This year has been challenging for many individuals and families in our community,” said Major Janna Torgerson, Commanding Officer of The Salvation Army. “As the cost of living has outpaced wages, we have seen a sharp increase in requests for food, rent, and utilities assistance.”

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Inflation continues to be a concern for many. However, for those living in poverty, these challenges can be devastating.

Homelessness and food insecurity have grown into double digits in many areas of the country, and at a rate higher than in recent years.

The organization helps individuals and families to remain in their homes, find safe shelter, feed their families, and afford essential utilities.

“I am optimistic our community will continue to donate generously in the remaining days to support our mission to serve our neighbors when they need it most. Every contribution, regardless of amount, has the potential to transform a life.”

As Christmas Eve falls on Sunday, The Salvation Army will have one less day to fundraise outside storefronts.

However, online giving is available 24 hours a day at VicksburgKettle.org, and contributions may be mailed or dropped off at 530 Mission 66, Vicksburg, MS 39183.

“The Salvation Army is extremely grateful for the support of our community,” said Torgerson. “Every dollar raised stays local to provide meals to families in need, keep the power on for seniors struggling to pay utility bills, and offer stability and hope for struggling individuals throughout the year.”

Visit SalvationArmyVicksburg.org or call 601-456-4444 to volunteer, donate, or learn more about how you can support The Salvation Army this Christmas and beyond.