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Local Salvation Army reaches Red Kettle goal

The Salvation Army of Alpena made a call for help to “Rescue Christmas” in 2020, and the community answered at the Red Kettle. In a year of unprecedented need, the Salvation Army expected a possible 50% decrease in fundraising at the Red Kettle. Instead, the nonprofit was able to meet its goal and provide help to so many in need. That is because of partners, donors, and tireless workers who stepped up amid the affects of COVID-19 in 2020.

“As we watched the monetary gifts and toys come in, we were excited because each dollar and toy meant another child and adult was going to be served,” Major Prezza Morrison explained. “Our $155,000 goal was reached, and we were able to serve 392 children with gifts, 737 people with a Christmas meal and 272 nursing facility seniors with Christmas gifts. These funds will also assist us in helping the needs of our Alpena County neighbors in 2021.”

The Salvation Army would not be able to serve those in need in this county without the help of its generous partners, donors and bellringers. The Army appreciates all the community members and organizations for giving from the heart during this difficult time.

“You are giving hope to those who need to feel hope this coming year,” Morrison said. “The Salvation Army is not the Salvation Army without you.”

As 2021 begins The Salvation Army doors are still open weekly from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. They assist with utility bills, food and personal care items, youth and adult programs, spiritual assistance and more. Volunteers are needed to help with programs. Please call 989-358-2769 for more information.

Monetary donations are still accepted via mail or in person at The Salvation Army Corps Community Center at 722 N. Second Ave., Alpena, MI 49707, online at www.salmich.org/alpena or via telephone by calling 989-358-2769 Ext:12.

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