Salvation Army kicking off annual drive early
Because donations are already low for the holidays, The Salvation Army in Tyler will begin its annual Kettle Drive early this year. Officials couldn’t remember a time that early bell ringing was a necessity.
“The funds that are raised during the holidays make up approximately 25 percent of the yearly budget for The Salvation Army,” according to the written release from the organization. “That budget goes towards funding the many programs that they offer such as rent and utility assistance, food pantry, youth outreach programs, lodging and other services.
“With donations low at the present time, The Salvation Army is pleading with the community to reach deep in their hearts and their pockets to ensure that they are able to help the many people that enter their doors each day. Low donations equate to helping fewer people and The Salvation Army refuses to accept that fate. The Tyler community and surrounding areas have always come through in a dynamic way for The Salvation Army and they are confident that this year will be no different.”
Bell ringing will begin Monday at Broadway Square Mall and the Chick-Fil-As on Troup Highway and South Broadway Avenue. Bell ringing will begin at the scheduled time, the day after Thanksgiving, at all other locations.