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Delaware Salvation Army Rallies For Donations

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WILMINGTON, Del. - Donations to the Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle fundraising campaign are down this year in Delaware, the organization announced Monday.

With just two days before the annual campaign comes to an end, Regional Salvation Army C.E.O. Lt. Colonel Stephen A. Banfield is issuing an urgent plea for help from individuals, corporations and groups.

“I am very concerned about our ability to meet the increasing demand for social services and to provide the same level of service, including nearly 250 community programs that The Salvation Army offers throughout our division,” Banfield said. “Due to high unemployment in our area, the number of individuals or families seeking assistance from The Salvation Army for this upcoming year far exceeds last year. In order to help these families through difficult economic times, it is critical for The Salvation Army to meet its donation goals.”

Proceeds from the Red Kettle campaign help to provide year-round programs and services to local residents in need of food, shelter and utility assistance, disaster relief response, as well as various educational, music and after-school programs throughout Delaware.

"We're hoping that shoppers and online donors will generously remember their neighbors in need when they see a Salvation Army bell ringer in the community during the remaining days before Christmas,” Lt. Colonel Banfield said. “The caring, compassion and pathway of hope that The Salvation Army extends to so many individuals and families throughout this area relies heavily on the generosity of those who give to our cause during the holiday season.”

The Salvation Army has been serving the community since 1879.

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