The Bloomington Salvation Army has fallen short of reaching a $255,000 Red Kettle goal this holiday season. The group said it has not seen a shortage like this in recent years. The last day to donate to the Red Kettles was this past Saturday ( Dec. 23). They raised a total of $214,282.65, which was about $40,000 below its goal of $255,000. However, The Salvation Army has seen a steady increase of donations through the mail and online this year, which they are hoping to make up the difference from the shortage Kettle Donations. As of Tuesday (Dec. 26), they have raised a total of $218,950.70 through other sources and combined with the kettle donations makes up about 84% of the overall “ Make a Difference” campaign goal of $515,000.00.
This year, they raised the goal by $25,000 to help fill budget gaps and funding cuts. They said that not achieving its goal could result in service cuts. Donors are still encouraged to continue to contribute online at sabloomington.org or by sending in a donation to The Salvation Army, PO Box 3186, Bloomington, IL 61702. Donations designated for the campaign will continue to be counted as they come in and the final campaign results will be revealed on Feb. 1, 2017 at the Campaign Celebration event.