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Naples Salvation Army about $125,000 short of seasonal goal

The Salvation Army is in serious need of some Christmas giving right now. It is around $125,000 short with four days to go until it was supposed to finish their end of the year project.

Captain Ben Bridges, who is a commanding officer of the Naples Salvation Army, said the red kettles during the Chrismas season help support all of its programs year-round and not just during the holidays. But this year, the Salvation Army is around $50,000 behind where it was last year.

“Shortfall in our budget may mean people that we can’t help with rent and utility assistance,” Bridges said. “It means money that goes towards the child development center where parents can get affordable childcare for their kids, we’ll have to cut back.”

Since those families in need of help might not get the assistance they need, the Salvation Army is asking for your help. It accepts and appreciates all monetary donations, whether they are large or small.

The Salvation Army’s goal is $300,000. It hopes the community will come together in the next four days to raise the remaining $125,000.

“It’s a few dollars what damage will it do to me,” Seth Colburn said. “What better it will help the people that will be receiving it.”

“Give to help somebody else,” Linda Powell said. “You don’t know when it’s going to be you.”

Reporter:Taylor Smith
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