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Released 20 December 2012


And demand for The Salvation Army's services is still increasing!

HARTFORD – The days are shorter. The nights are getting colder. Christmas is almost here. And The Salvation Army's Red Kettles are falling behind! "We are falling behind this year's goal" said Major David Champlin, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army's Southern New England Division. "Overall in Connecticut, we are down about 7%."

“This is a critical time for us. I hope that the individuals that can afford to give more will come through for us. Demand is still increasing at an alarming rate, with more individuals and families showing up at our door every day seeking help. It is only with the generosity of our neighbors that we are able to help these struggling people,” Champlin said.

Kettle donations are used to support programs of The Salvation Army year-round. The funds raised support programs like, after school programs for at risk youth, senior citizens and veteran’s activities, food pantries, and seasonal events like toys and gifts and Christmas meal programs.

Hopefully, when the public hears about the kettle shortfall, they will write The Salvation Army a check or drop off a donation to help assist the individuals and families that need help the most during this holiday season and throughout the rest of the year.

Ultimately, people realize how important it is to help their neighbors who are less fortunate, particularly as the need increases. Therefore, we hope that everyone will be just a little more generous if they can to help us reach our goal and continue to serve people in need.

Even if you are not out and about, you can donate online at .

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