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Salvation Army looking for generous holiday season

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by John Wilmer

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- The season of giving is more important than ever for one non-profit. Donations to the Salvation army have fallen off, now it's hoping to make up that loss this holiday season.

The Salvation Army has a goal of raising $500,000 in just six weeks. An aggressive goal during a tough economic time.

A bell ringing in the distance is a sound that lets everyone know the holidays are just around the corner.

K. C. Lyons has been a volunteer bell ringer for the past three years. He says donations made to his bucket have been right on track.

"It don't look like it's changed to me. when I take the bucket back sometimes I say what economy, there aint no recession out there," Lyons said.

During the summer and into the fall donations have fallen off for the Salvation Army. An organization that depends on the generosity of others.

"I know through our mail appeal we're down a bit. The kettles have been doing very well, very comparable to last year at this point, but our goal is a little bit higher this year," Captain Rob Whitney of the Salvation Army said.

The Salvation Army provides everything from a daily meal program to shelters and after school programs for children.

"Not one program we do, do we ask for assistance from the kids, their parents or anyone else so we totally depend on the community to provide the services that we do to our community," Development Director Sue Hennings said.

Officials with the Salvation Army say a number of their mailing that were sent out before this Christmas campaign were returned. They say a number of people who usually donate were flooded out this past June and were unable to give this year.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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