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Salvation Army out early with familiar red kettles, hoping to raise $35K

By Austin King
Nov. 22, 2013 at 10 p.m.

With the holidays drawing ever closer, the Salvation Army is getting a head start on fundraising.

"It always starts this time of the year every year," said Tammy Whiteaker, office manager of the local Salvation Army chapter. "We want to help benefit the citizens of the county. We started early this year, as we didn't meet our goal last year."

This year, the local Salvation Army chapter has a goal of raising $35,000. Last year it raised more than $14,000.

"Whatever is raised in Harrison County Stays in Harrison County to help the residents," Whiteaker said. "It'll be used to help those in need."

Salvation Army volunteers and employees can be found at Kroger, Walgreens, Super 1 Foods and Brookshire's. They can also be found at Walmart beginning Nov. 29.

"We help Harrison County residents in a number of ways," Whiteaker said. "We help with utility bills, we help those who can't get their driver's license renewed, we help those suffering from loss after a fire and more. We just want to help, where ever it's needed, however it's needed."

As the annual campaign has already launched, those interested in making a donation can locate a Salvation Army employee or volunteer at one of the above listed businesses. Donors can also mail a check or cash.

"They can always come to the office or mail it in," Whiteaker said.

This year the Salvation Army is also participating in the Angel Tree project, which helps get local children gifts and necessities for Christmas.

"We'll have a Christmas tree up at numerous locations like Marshall High School and Walmart," Whiteaker said. "People can fill out applications for their children, then someone else can 'adopt' the child and provide the gift and supplies the child needs. We'll deliver the goods Dec. 19 and 20."

The local Salvation Army office is located at 600 East End Blvd. South. The PO Box is 425. For more information, contact the office at (903) 927-2428.



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