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Salvation Army faces financial shortfall

By Melanie B. Smith 340-2468

Salvation Army workers are praying that more contributions come in today and Saturday in donation kettles and through the mail.

So far, money being dropped into the red kettles at stores is behind last year.

About $58,000 of a $100,000 goal has come in so far, Army officers said.

"It's not finishing up the way we'd hope it would be. It's due to not having enough volunteers to do what I call keeping the pot boiling," said Maj. David Singletary, an officer in charge of work in Morgan, Lawrence and Limestone counties.

He said the Army has had good volunteers, but not enough of them. The organization has paid some workers to ring bells at kettles, he said.

Some good news is that the mail campaign is ahead of 2005, the officer said. About $52,000 of a $100,000 mail goal has come in as of early this week, Singletary said.

The combined $200,000 the Army hopes to raise at Christmas helps pay for services the Army provides all year, he said.

Kettles are at 20 stores in Athens, Moulton, Hartselle and Decatur.

Singletary said donors bought gifts for all 1,300 "angels," children in need of gifts, in the three counties.

Contributions may be sent to P.O. Box 807, Decatur 35602-0807.

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