I don't need to tell you that The Salvation Army of Winnebago County does AMAZING things for families and people in need in the Stateline.

I also don't need to tell you that the Army depends on their holiday Bell Ringing/Red Kettle campaign to provide most of the money needed to keep several of their vital programs and service afloat.

What I do need to tell you though, is that right now, the 2018 Bell Ringing/Red Kettle campaign is about $100,000 short of its goal.

Not good.

Major Mark Martsolf of the Salvation Army told WTVO/Eyewitness News;

We are truly grateful for each gift received in our red kettles this Christmas season and the change that donors put in adds up quickly. However, what we need now is larger donations so our programs and services are not affected in 2019.

Cutting programs that so many people depend on won't be the major effect of this campaign shortfall, but local jobs could be if we don't step up and donate.

Major Martsolf also told WTVO;

We will continue to provide services and programs to those in need in our community, but we will have to reconsider how we deliver those services

I don't want to see anyone lose their job or go without a service they need, so please, make a donation now at salarmywinnebago.org. You can also mail a check to The Salvation Army at 520 Hollister Avenue
Rockford, IL 61104.

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