DONATION DECREASE: Charities Push to Meet Goals

The red kettles are in for the season, but the Salvation Army still needs donations.

This year, bell ringers in the Des Moines area brought in $30,000 less than last year. Now the organization only has 18 days to meet their goal of $1.2 million.

“In the past 5 years I’ve been doing this I haven’t seen a specific pattern saying you should be right here at this time because each year it differs quite a bit. So we’re just hoping and confident that if we continue to ask folks to share a little bit that will happen,” said Arvid Huisman with the Salvation Army of Des Moines.

Huisman says it’s not unusual for the organization to be under their goal at this time, but this year they have more than $350,000 to go, and less than 20 days to get there.

The ARL is also hoping these last days of the year deliver. Even though they’ve seen more generosity than last year for their “Tree of Life” fundraiser, organizers say they need enough help from the public to last them all year.

“We have almost 600 animals in our care right now, so we will go through this very quickly. It looks like a lot of stuff and looks like more than we might need, but actually it won`t last very long,” said Stephanie Filer with the Animal Rescue League.

Husiman said while donation dollars are decreasing, the need keeps increasing. He said more than 9,000 metro households received food from food pantries during the last fiscal year.

Contributions to the Red Kettle campaign can be mailed to The Salvation Army at P.O. Box 933, Des Moines, 50304. Credit card gifts can be made by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY or on the Salvation Army website.

To donate to the ARL, visit their website or to give a “symbolic gift” to a homeless pet here.

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