Albert Lea Salvation Army banking on holiday giving to offset shortfall

Published 9:22 am Monday, December 5, 2011

It’s a refrain echoed by nonprofits everywhere: need up, donations down. The Salvation Army is no exception. With donation shortfalls across the board, the Albert Lea Salvation Army is praying for a record number of Christmas season donations so that it can keep up with demand. Its goal is to raise at least $202,000 through Dec. 31.

The Salvation Army is celebrating 115 years of service to southern Minnesota and northern Iowa. ‘This has been a great year for Freeborn County and The Salvation Army” replied Captain Jim Brickson, pastor and administrator of the local Worship and Service center. “As the needs continue to be great. I am pleased that The Salvation Army has been able to adjust to meet the local need” he continued. Appreciative of the outstanding support of the local residents, Brickson is often heard saying “What a wonderful place to live, thank you.”

The two best ways to help are giving and bell ringing.

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Bell ringing is fun, easy and convenient. There are seven kettle locations in Albert Lea. Bell ringers raise an average of $60 per two-hour shift, enough to feed a family of four for at least three days. To sign up, call 373-5710.

Giving is just as easy. At, visitors can give online or start their very own Online Red Kettle to share with friends, families and coworkers. Other options include calling 800-SAL-ARMY, dropping money into a kettle, shopping at the local thrift store or sending a check to 302 Court St. Albert Lea. When giving online or by phone, be sure to designate your donation Albert Lea Salvation Army.