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Jackson County Red Kettle drive falls short of goal

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JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign has fallen short of its goal in Jackson County this year. As Patrice Clark reports, officials want more folks in the community to donate and help close a financial gap. 

The Salvation Army Bells have stopped ringing, the red kettles are now picked up, and the donated money all counted.

"We raised about $107,000," Salvation Army Capt. Andy Bailey said. 

Capt. Andy Bailey said he's pleased that in the 32 days so many folks gave to help the needy in Jackson County, but the Red Kettle Fundraiser still came up short this year. 

"When there is a shortfall in funds, there is a shortfall in those things going out," said Bailey. 

 Bailey said the decrease in donations could affect vital programs. 

"Through the social service here we are helping with gas bills, water bills, power bills." 

The money from the kettles also goes toward providing shelter and food for families. 

"We have a 40 bed shelter where we house year around, 24 hours a day, seven days a week," Bailey said.  "We feed 36,000 plus a year out of this facility." 

The Salvation Army still needs $18,000. Officials are hoping to reach that goal by the end of 2012, so they can start the New Year off right with all the money in the bank. 

"When you are helping to keep the Salvation Army here, you are helping other people," said Capt. Bailey.   

Jackson County Resident Esther Powell agrees. Powell said she donates every year and believes it's never too late to give.   

"You never know when you are going to need the Salvation Army or other organizations out there to help the American people, whether you are rich or poor," Powell said.

"If you want to get in a donation in before the end of the year so you can get a tax donation, a credit, then come by anytime and make a donation," Bailey said.

If you would like to donate to the Salvation Army in Jackson County, call (228) 762-7222. 

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