LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - With less than two weeks left before Christmas, The Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign is sixty percent towards meeting its red kettle goal of $75,000. To date over $44,000 has been raised in the Red Kettles.
Additionally, The Salvation Army's mail appeals are just over fifty percent towards the goal of $60,000.
Funds raised during the Christmas season make up over thirty percent of the total donations received during the year.
Funds raised through the Red Kettle campaign and seasonal mail appeals are used to provide meals, toys, and clothing at Christmas and year round. The Salvation Army also provides rental and utility assistance to residents struggling to make ends meet.
The Salvation Army's shelter in Laurel provides emergency and homeless shelter to men and women 365 days per year.
"Much of the work The Salvation Army provides in Laurel is directly supported by the funds we raise at Christmas, making it vitally important that we meet our goals this year.," stated Lieutenant Patrick Connelly of The Salvation Army in Laurel.
Area businesses and individuals who would like to donate to The Salvation Army may call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.