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Jamestown Salvation Army short of goal

The Salvation Army Christmas campaign is only about halfway to its fundraising goal for the holiday season.

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The Jamestown Salvation Army is only halfway to its Christmas fund drive goal of $165,000, according to Maj. Judy Lowder, corps officer, executive director and pastor of the Jamestown church.

The Red Kettle Campaign portion of the Christmas fund drive is also behinds its goal with about $49,000 collected toward a goal of $65,000, Lowder said.

"We are about $80,000 behind the goal," she said, referring to the entire Christmas campaign. "We count all donations that are marked for the Christmas campaign whenever they come in, but we usually cut off the Christmas efforts on Dec. 31. Given the weather, that might be extended."

Lowder said the collection amounts as of Tuesday, Dec. 28, were estimates as weather conditions had slowed mail delivery and updating the collection amounts.

The Christmas campaign is the major fundraising effort of the year for the Jamestown Salvation Army. Coming up short of the goal could require changes to the operation, Lowder said.

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"We may be looking at cutting hours," she said. "Only being open certain days per week."

The Jamestown Salvation Army operates with a staff of Lowder and one other person. The bulk of its budget goes to helping people meet the basic needs of food and shelter.

"There are still people with those basic needs," Lowder said. "The things we cut first won't be the services that meet those needs."

Lowder is still hoping to avoid having to make cuts at all.

"People need to dig out of the snow and donate," she said. "... we are needed here."

All donations made in Jamestown benefit the operations of the Salvation Army in Jamestown. Lowder said she wanted to thank those who have already donated.

"I hope more donations come in," she said. "If they don't, we will make the tough decisions from there."

Last year, donations to the Salvation Army Christmas Campaign exceeded the goal by about $50,000.

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