By DEB WUETHRICH
As of Thursday, Dec. 22, the Salvation Army was falling a little short of its goal of $120,000, the same goal that had been set for the past three years.
“Last year we raised $119,600,” said Captain Gordon Knight, who leads the Salvation Army in Lenawee County. “We’re still lagging a little behind last year at this time.”
Captain Knight said that bell ringers have been set up at 20 sites throughout the county, including Busch’s stores in Tecumseh and Clinton and behind Martin’s Home Center in Tecumseh.
“They will continue to be out there through December 24,” Knight said. He added that those who would like to still help toward this year’s annual goal have not yet run out of time to contribute. “We’re still accepting donations that can be dropped off at our site, or they can send a check or even call to donate by credit card.” To mail a donation, send to: The Salvation Army, 217 W. Church St., Adrian, MI 49221. For phone donations, using a credit card, call 265.2038.
Knight said approximately $25,000 of the donations are spent at Christmas to purchase food, toys and gifts for area families. The remaining amount is used for yearly expenses, and contributions may be made at any time.
The Salvation Army also operates a hot meal program, a food pantry and provides fresh produce to nearly 300 families each week. The organization also helps with utilities, clothing, lodging, transportation and some medications.
The food pantry is located in Adrian, but serves all Lenawee County residents and is open on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30-11:30 a.m.