Salvation Army vows to reach out more because ‘the need is so great’

by John McAlister
Categories: Newswire
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Despite a $16,000 drop in Christmas kettle donations, the Salvation Army heads into 2010 with plans to branch out further into the community.

“We want to do a community assessment and see if we can fill some of the gaps and needs,” says Capt. James Mercer, pastor at the Orillia citadel at 157 Coldwater Rd. W.

“At the same time, we have to sustain what we have now,” said Mercer.

In 2008, as the recession loomed, Orillians slipped more than $89,000 in cash and coins into the kettles.

This Christmas, the campaign brought in $72,500.

Fortunately, the mail-in campaign hit its target of $110,000. Read full story…


Source: Packet and Times