A central Illinois charity is starting its iconic fundraising campaign for the holiday season. The Bloomington Salvation Army will begin its kettle fund drive in hopes of meeting a $430,000 goal--up 5% percent from last year according to Captain Paul James. He says McLean County has always been excellent in supporting the Army's goal...
"We've seen a very consistent and even an increase in the number of people giving. We have seen the size of donations kind of decrease a little bit but McLean County is just a very generous community that I've noticed in the last two years, and we're very appreciative of all the help they give us."
James says meeting the goal means 1,400 families recieve Christmas gifts and food, 500 fewer go homless, and the Army can serve 42,000 meals year round. He says the money helps over 300 households with rent and utilities, and provides 3,600 households with food. The kettle campaign starts Friday and will last until Christmas Eve.
(photo credit: State Representative Dan Brady)
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