Drop in Red Kettle Donations

By: News 10
By: News 10

The Salvation Army says its Red Kettle campaign is off to a sluggish start this year.

People just aren't donating enough, according to the organization.

The money from the campaign is used to fund the charity's food and shelter programs.

Salvation Army workers say they're alarmed, and that donations for the Detroit area are behind by as much as $400,000.

Other non-profit charitable organizations are reporting the same thing and say they hope donations will pick up before the end of the month.

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2010 at 10:13 AM
    Kelly, the writer was referring to the amount of donations to the amount of need. And, the amount of need is very much larger than previous years because of the poor economy and joblessness. One of the reasons unemployment benefits exist is because if the jobless and their families had to depend upon charities to survive most would be homeless and die of starvation or disease. Especially with today's high cost of living and high rate of unemployment. Even in good economic times, charities have a hard time filling the need. It is just a fact of life.
  • by Jen Location: Williamston on Dec 7, 2010 at 08:53 AM
    James, I think you've made an unfair generalization as to why maybe a majority of people don't donate. Did you ever think that maybe donations have dropped off because Michigan has a horrible economy and jobless rate at the moment, and people are probably requiring help from organizations like the SA and the like and just don't have the means to donate to others at this time while they're struggling to support themselves at the moment? I congratulate you for your altruistic sensibilities, but I don't think you should harshly judge others, especially baselessly. I'm struggling, but still try to throw in at least something whenever I pass by one, basically because I was raised by parents who were always glad to point out that "it could always be worse", and I know that it is for others beside myself; I at least have a decent job to support myself and my child, not in luxury, but we do okay. Donating should always be done with joy and willingness, not out of guilt. It loses something.
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Dec 7, 2010 at 08:38 AM
    Either the rep from the Salvation Army chose their words poorly, or the writer of this article did. To say that people are 'not donating enough' is insulting. Perhaps a better phrasing would have been to say that donations are down form those of past years; which, of course, would be due to the tough economic times in our state and across the country. People give what they can. They always have and they always will.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2010 at 08:23 AM
    Not all can give and many need.This is going on all over mich and other states.times are not easy for many.We can ask why some have so much while others don't.It is not a sin to be poor,only a sin when you have so much and give so little.There are many places trying to help this year,many people who have nothing but are trying.Give to those who need to help others.Also watch for those who scam.It is a shame that those people are out there as well.Seek out good church groups through out Michigan,and stop and think of all needing.God bless and be with all.
  • by James Location: Lansing on Dec 7, 2010 at 05:18 AM
    It's sad to watch someone walk out of a store past the Salvation Army kettle carrying hundreds and hundreds of dollars worth of useless junk that they will spend the next five years paying off. Each time before I go out to buy groceries, I make it a point to make sure I have quarters in my car specifically for the Salvation Army. In addition to donating quarters each time I go out, once per year year I will slip a $20 into the Kettle. This year I will double it since I don't waste my money, or blow up my credit card on useless items when I go shopping.. I would hope that everyone reading this makes a real effort to put their small change (or big dollars!) in the SA Kettle next time they go out. If anything, do it for the person who is standing out in the freezing cold ringing the bell!! Every penny helps, and they desperately need it this year. Thank you.
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