Salvation Army expects increase in demand for services with upcoming frigid weather

Published 11:08 am Tuesday, December 20, 2022

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With the mercury set to plunge later this week in the region, The Salvation Army of the Tri-Cities is gearing up for an increase in demand for their services, while at the same time making a last-minute push for donations to their Red Kettle campaign to help cover costs.
“Our shelters are open in Bristol, Kingsport (day only), and Johnson City, for anyone that needs to get out of the cold,” said Captain Aaron Abram. “With these frigid temperatures, it’s extremely dangerous to be exposed to the elements for even a short period of time. So we are urging all those without shelter to come in. We have hot meals and drinks to warm you up too.”
The arctic conditions coincide with the end of the famous Red Kettle season on Christmas Eve, which will make conditions difficult for volunteer bellringers at retail locations. “The Salvation Army in the Tri-Cities depends on holiday giving for more than 60% of our annual operating budget, which covers providing shelter, feeding the hungry, providing emergency financial assistance, youth programs, and disaster response,” said Captain Benny Carringer.
“So far, we are about 70% to our goal for kettle fundraising, so we need the community’s help. Your gift goes to helping those in need right here in the metro area. We are preparing to take in those without shelter, offer a hand to those at risk of losing heat, serve food to those in need of a meal, and offer a listening ear to those in need of emotional and spiritual care,” said Major Brooks Gilliam. With rising inflation and lingering effects from the pandemic, The Salvation Army in the Tri-Cities has seen an approximate increase of 25% for its services this year.
In addition to the retail locations, donors can also give online at The Salvation Army is a 501c(3) organization, meaning donations are tax-deductible, something to consider as we near the end of the year.
For any questions related to The Salvation Army’s services, or to make a donation by phone or in person, please call (423) 926-2101 or visit one of the local offices in Bristol, Kingsport, or Johnson City.

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