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Bucket Blitz May be Critical to Hitting Salvation Army Goal

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- With just over a week away until the Salvation Army kettles are swept up across the city, officers are asking for your help! KOLR10's Brett Martin explains how the recent winter storms have taken a toll on the Salvation Army's wallet.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- With just over a week away until the Salvation Army kettles are swept up across the city, officers are asking for your help!
KOLR10's Brett Martin explains how the recent winter storms have taken a toll on the Salvation Army's wallet.

The Salvation Army hopes to reach their goal of $965,000 this holiday season... and one third of that will come from the red kettles. But being $40,000 behind, they are doing everything they can to make up for it.

"The Bucket Blitz could be our salvation, its something we've never done before," says Major Norm Grainger.   The agency planned to use KOLR10's Bucket Blitz this week as a bonus toward their budget.  But now, it might be the only way to reach their goal.  

"It's been tough," Grainger notes.  "We've never had a period of time in December in our fundraising period of cold weather like we've had."

He says last week's winter storm has costs them thousands of dollars and each day they aren't able to get out - they fall further behind. On a typical day, the red kettles bring in about $5,000 and the shorter season put even more strain on reaching their goal. 

"We are seven days into it now, it may break in the next two or three days but every day its cold like it is, it is affecting our programing," Grainger says.

He says not only does it keep their shelters full but it keeps their volunteers from serving as well.

"Volunteers are calling in saying can't make it because of the roads, can't make it because of the cold temperatures."

Along with the red kettles, Major Grainger says the toy donations have taken a blow as well.

"The less shoppers that are out there, the less toys that are being bought."

He says he hopes as the holiday gets closer, more shoppers will be out and won't forget to drop whatever they can in the kettles. 

"We hope its not to pass up those kettles, give generously, we have a generous community and they've always helped us to meet that goal."

The live broadcasts will be at the Battlefield Mall parking lot, at the corner of Battlefield and Glenstone.  Donors can simply drive by the broadcast site and drop off a cash donation without having to get out of the car.

Broadcasts begin during KOLR10 Daybreak from 5-7am Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with KOLR10 Meteorologist Chris Smith. From 7-9am, the live broadcast on radio stations KTXR/KWTO/The Jock, will be aired live on KOZL. Starting at 9am, live updates will air each hour on KOLR and KOZL.  Ozarks Live will broadcast live from 4-5pm, and KOLR Meteorologist Jamie Warriner will deliver his weather forecasts live in the 5 and 6pm news.

"We raise these funds because each day there are families and children who need our feeding programs and emergency food pantry. We raise these funds because each day our shelter and housing programs are almost always at capacity," Grainger says. "We raise these funds because we need community support to help the thousands of Ozarks residents who turn to us everyday because they have absolutely nowhere else to go."

Financial contributions can also be sent to The Salvation Army, P.O Box 9685 in Springfield MO, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by visiting http://donate.salvationarmyusa.org - 82¢ of every dollar goes directly toward programs & services that help local Ozarks residents in need.


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