The Salvation Army Lake County Christmas Campaign 45 Percent Short of Goal

Salvation Army Bell Ringer

The red kettles will remain out until 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve, but The Salvation Army is encouraging people to support the Campaign through January 31 by making donations online or by phone to help meet the Christmas Campaign goal for the Lake County area of $780,000.

“The Salvation Army raises 70 percent of its total annual funding during the holiday season to serve people suffering from hunger, homelessness and crisis all year long,” says Major Jose Tamayo, Lake County Coordinator.  “The recent wave of frigid temperatures had a chilling effect on donations to the kettles this year, with fewer people out shopping and fewer volunteers able to ring bells.  So, we are asking the community to help their neighbors by donating online and by phone during the final days of the season .”

The critical social services provided by The Salvation Army’s three Lake County community centers include food pantries, crisis assistance in the form of rent and utility assistance to prevent families from becoming homeless, and programs for area young people.  If we don’t meet our goal, it will mean more families across Lake County will go hungry this year, or be evicted from their homes.

These much needed donations can be made online or by calling 219-838-1328.

“The needs of families, children and people living in poverty don’t end after Christmas,” Major Tamayo said.  “Your generosity today and in the days to come will make a difference to local families throughout the entire year.”

The Salvation Army received many generous donations in response to a plea for funding to save its annual food basket program in Hammond/Munster that provide a Christmas meal for 851 families. Partners who stepped up to help included the North Township Trustee Office,  individual donors, and The Northwest Indiana Times by helping to spread the word.   

We are so grateful to God and to our generous community across the Lake County Region, who step up to care for their neighbors in need this time of year,” Tamayo said.  “The response gives me continued faith in humanity and hope for the future.  With each donation, fewer children will go hungry or homeless in the coming year.”

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