The local Salvation Army’s “Red Shield” campaign got underway earlier this month, but so far has met limited success.
As such, donations are desperately needed as soon as possible.
Capt. Angel Sandoval said yesterday that this year’s campaign goal is $15,000, but only $1,200 in monetary donations has come in so far.
Times are tough, he noted, and the Salvation Army is seeing more families seeking help these days, as well as some people who have not needed their help for the past couple of years but now are coming back.
“We need the support of the community,” Capt. Sandoval stressed. “I sent out 8,000 letters to the community and we’re expecting the community to support us.
“The ministry has been successful thanks to the good-heartedness of all the people,” he noted.
Capt. Sandoval said individuals, families, businesses, organizations, and local churches all are encouraged to open up those letters they received in the mail and give to the “Red Shield” campaign as soon as they can.
Tax receipts will be issued.
He added people should remember 100 percent of their gift will go to work right here in Fort Frances and Rainy River District.
The “Red Shield” campaign provides the Salvation Army with the finances it needs to operate in the community and district, and maintain essential programs like the food bank.
The local Salvation Army continues to be busy helping those in need.
In the first three months of this year, for instance, the Salvation Army assisted 156 families, including 214 adults and 105 children, with such things as food, clothing, furniture, and medications.
It also has ongoing programs like one that ensures parents provide a healthy breakfast for their families and another aimed at providing personal hygiene products for children.
Capt. Sandoval stressed those who come to them for help are facing tough financial circumstances—and often don’t have a dollar to spare.
“Some people said they can’t come because they have to pay for the toll booth to use the food bank,” he noted.
“We had a guy today asking for food today at the food bank. And he has to pay a toll coming into town, and on the way back.
“We have to provide that, too,” added Capt. Sandoval.
Those wanting to donate can mail in the letter they received, drop by the Salvation Army Citadel at 316 Victoria Ave., or call 274-3871.