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Salvation Army launches Holiday fundraisers

The Red Kettle Campaign and Angel Tree Initiative are underway
Published: Nov. 13, 2020 at 10:45 PM CST
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The Salvation Army is seeking to brighten The Holidays for families in need this year. The Angel Tree is up inside the Platte River Mall, an initiative spearheaded by the organization to ensure children have gifts to open on Christmas.

“The angel tree is an opportunity for folks to take a tag from the tree and buy toys and gifts for a specific age and gender [child] that will go into our toy shop to be distributed to families in need. Believe me, the need is desperate this year," said Major Harold Poff, Corps Officer for The Salvation Army of North Platte.

The Red Kettle Campaign is underway as well. Kettles are going up around town outside of stores, although implementing bell ringers has been complicated due to Covid-19. This year, the organization is offering a contact-free donation method, “Kettle Pay.” This allows donors to use Google Pay or Apple Pay to contribute to the campaign that is a staple of The Salvation Army.

“It’s what people know about us if they know nothing else, but also those funds are used throughout the year not just during Christmas...If we have a good Christmas, we have a good July," added Poff.

Helping families is a constant for The Salvation Army, but due to the difficult circumstances surrounding this year, the amount of need is staggering.

“We took a little over one hundred and fifty applications from families in our community. I can’t tell you how many were nervous...Or said to me ‘I’ve never had to do this before, I don’t even know how to do it.’ These are people who are used to giving that need to receive," said an emotional Poff.

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