Salvation Army closer to goal for tsunami fund

The local Salvation Army is keeping its eyes on its goal of raising $10,000 or more for tsunami disaster relief in South Asia by the end of January.
Capt. Angel Sandoval said Monday morning a two-day kettle drive on Friday and Saturday netted $1,900, bringing the total to $6,000.
“But we’re short of our goal,” he remarked. “We’ll continue to ask the community donate.
“I’m not asking for $10, or even $5, from each person,” he added. “But if we had one dollar for each person the community, that would be $8,000.”
Capt. Sandoval noted he hasn’t seen many donations from residents in the west end of the district, and would like to see more. He said he’d also like to see local services clubs pitch in with donations.
But he was pleased to see the Fort Frances Ministerial Association announce it would be holding a ecumenical prayer service this Sunday (Jan. 23) at 7 p.m. as well as a concert on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre.
Proceeds from both events will go to the Salvation Army South Asia disaster fund.
“We encourage the community to participate in these and help out,” said Capt. Sandoval.
Donations can be made at the local Salvation Army office here, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or by going to www.salvationarmy.ca
Income tax receipts will be given out, though only donations made prior to Jan. 11, 2005 will be eligible to be claimed on your 2004 income tax (donations received now will be good on your 2005 taxes).
Capt. Sandoval noted the Salvation Army only is accepting money for tsunami relief, not food or clothes, because it wants to wait and see exactly what sort of aid victims of the Boxing Day disaster will need.
“The clothes might not be the sort of clothes they need; the food we eat might not be the food they do,” he remarked.

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