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Red Kettle Campaign makes final push to reach fundraising goal

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 1:33 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 11:50 p.m. CST

The Salvation Army of McHenry County needs one last push of generosity from the community in order to meet its red kettle fundraising goal this holiday season.

With a week remaining, the organization is about halfway to its goal of raising $150,000 during the Red Kettle Campaign. The Crystal Lake-based nonprofit was short more than $16,000 in reaching the same goal last year.

“The biggest issue was with Thanksgiving being so late we can’t get those hours back, ” said Linda Hunter, spokeswoman for the local unit. “This is when we do the majority of fundraising for programs and services for next year and meeting this goal is huge.”

The organization raises roughly half its annual budget during the two months before Christmas. The Red Kettle Campaign, which is included in the total fundraising goal for the year, runs through Tuesday, and credit card donations are accepted through Jan. 15.

Last year, the Salvation Army of McHenry County raised more than $400,000 during the holidays. This year, the nonprofit has raised about $185,000 toward its total fundraising goal of $425,000.

The group also is looking for more volunteers to man the red kettles and help with bell ringing at local stores during the holidays. Residents can volunteer for two hours or more, either by themselves or with a group.

“Any extra help would be greatly appreciated,” Hunter said. “In a perfect world we would have all the kettle sites manned, but we aren’t there yet.”

The easiest way to volunteer, Hunter said, is to stop by Crystal Lake facility, located at 290 W. Crystal Lake Ave. Residents can donate either by mail, text, online or in person.

For information, call 815-455-2769 or visit www.salarmycl.org.

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