WHEELING — The Wheeling Salvation Army is still $3,000 short of its $60,000 goal.
The money is for the organization’s operating budget, which includes a homeless shelter at 140 16th St., Wheeling. Maj. Thomas Friddle, commander of the organization, said the Red Kettle campaign, which begins in November, usually ends before Christmas Day. However, this year, much like 2006, the campaign was running short.
To help reach the goal, Friddle kept bell ringers out Monday, Christmas Eve. And although $1,000 was collected that day, the organization still is $3,000 short. Friddle hopes today and Saturday, the final dollars can be collected. If not, he plans to have ringers out Monday which is New Year’s Eve.
Bell ringers are expected to be stationed between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. today and Saturday at Wal-Mart and Cabela’s at The Highlands and the Mount de Chantal Kroger store.
‘‘I want to give a big ‘thank you’ to our community that is always so good to support us. It takes us a little bit longer to reach our goals, but we’re in a city with an economy that’s not the greatest. It’s not like a big metropolitan city that reaches their goal without any trouble,’’ Friddle said.
However, there is a new way for people to donate this year, Friddle said. People may give any gift cards with unused cash on them to the Salvation Army. He noted a company based in California processes the leftover gift card funds and gives it back to the Wheeling Salvation Army.
For example, he noted, if someone receives a $25 gift card and only uses $23, the Salvation Army would be given the remaining $2.
Bell ringers, he noted, will be accepting the gift cards and placing them into envelopes at their kettle stands. But donations by check or gift card may be mailed to: Wheeling-Ohio Salvation Army, P.O. Box 6627, Wheeling, WV 26003. Donations also can be dropped off at the Salvation Army headquarters, 140 16th St., anytime of the day.
For more information, call 304-233-4400.
Photo by Shelley Hanson
Donations to the Wheeling-Ohio County Salvation Army help run its homeless shelter, 140 16th St., Wheeling, shown here.