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Released 20 December 2012


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

PROVIDENCE – The days are shorter. The nights are getting colder. Christmas is almost here. Lt. John Luby, Rhode Island State Coordinator for The Salvation Army said, “This is a very critical time of the year for us. Overall our kettles are down almost 12%. I pray that the individuals that can afford to give more will come through for us. Demand for services is still increasing at an alarming rate. This has been a rough season for many less fortunate individuals and more people are 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 individuals and families.”

“Christmas donations are used to support programs of The Salvation Army in Rhode Island year round, not just at Christmas. The funds raised support programs like, senior citizens and veteran’s activities, our food pantries, and seasonal events like toys and gifts and our Christmas meal programs. We are very dependent on the generosity of the good people of Rhode Island to fund all these activities. Hopefully, when the public hears about our kettle shortfall, they will write us a check or drop off a donation to help assist the individuals and families that need our help the most during this holiday season and throughout the rest of the year,” said Lieutenant Luby.

Ultimately, people realize how important it is to help our 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 on line at .

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