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The Salvation Army is significantly down in donations this holiday season to its Red Kettle Campaign. Support the campaign financially to help the Salvation Army meet needs for the community all year long. When members of the Jamestown community ...

The Salvation Army is significantly down in donations this holiday season to its Red Kettle Campaign. Support the campaign financially to help the Salvation Army meet needs for the community all year long.

When members of the Jamestown community call for assistance, the Salvation Army answers.

The organization has been helping Jamestown community members keep the lights and heat on for over 100 years. In November alone, the organization provided more than 12,000 pounds of food to community members.

The organization also offers financial assistance, in terms of fuel vouchers, rent assistance, transit vouchers, budget coaching and others year-round, so people can get back on their feet.

Two gold coins-one valued at about $1,100 and the other about $530-have been dropped in the kettles this year. Although not everyone is able to give a donation of this value, every penny counts.

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This year, the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign is down 21 percent in donations compared to last year. The church has a goal of $156,000 to reach by 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve, said Maj. Tim Nauta, commander of the Jamestown Salvation Army. The church had raised $84,700 by noon on Tuesday.

For the 2014 holiday season, the organization was short about $20,000 in kettle donations with the same goal of $156,000. But last year, it had a cushion to tap into in times of need.

This year, there is no cushion, and Nauta worries the organization will have to cut back on services offered to community members if the goal isn't met.

There are six Red Kettle locations in Jamestown-two at Cash Wise, including one

outside the store and one inside the Park Plaza Shopping Center, two located in the Buffalo Mall, including one outside Home of Economy and one inside near Sears, and two entrances at Wal-Mart.

Other than donations to the Red Kettle Campaign those able to help can donate gifts, goods and food to the local organization located at 320 1st Ave. N. Donations are also accepted online, and can be made in honor of someone at

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When passing a volunteer ringing the bell outside of businesses in town, we hope community members who can donate to the Red Kettle Campaign do, because each donation helps the community in more ways than one. (Editorials are the opinion of Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper's editorial board.)
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