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Salvation Army reaches its Christmas goal

Once again, Yukoners have shown their generosity, coming through for the local Salvation Army’s Christmas fund-raising campaign.

By Stephanie Waddell on January 2, 2014 at 4:01 pm

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Photo by Vince Fedoroff

SERVED WITH COMMITMENT – Douglas Law prepares the salads for the Salvation Armyʼs special dinner served up on Christmas Day.

Once again, Yukoners have shown their generosity, coming through for the local Salvation Army’s Christmas fund-raising campaign.

Capt. Jeff Howard said Monday it wasn’t clear if the $142,000 it was aiming to raise over the Christmas season for next year’s emergency shelter operations would come through in the days just before Christmas.

As of Monday, though, a total $144,000 had been collected, with donations continuing to flow in.

“The community always supports us,” Howard said.

The campaign is made up of two parts – a letter campaign where donations from previous supporters are solicited by mail and the kettle campaign where cash donations are accepted at kettles set up in local shops over the holiday season.

The Salvation Army came up short on its kettle campaign goal, raising a little less than the $72,000 it was looking for there.

The letter campaign, however, made up for it, bringing in more than the $70,000 it had aimed to raise through that, Howard said, noting it all goes to the local emergency shelter.

It means the Salvation Army can continue providing emergency shelter and meals to those in need over the next year.

Howard also noted that the organization accepts donations throughout the year.

Anyone who brought in a donation by last Tuesday can get a tax-deductible receipt for the 2013 tax year.

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June Jackson

Jan 2, 2014 at 6:42 pm

It is sad that a community like Whitehorse, that focus’s on sports and family, education and children has such a need for this service, that we have so many needing emergency shelter/food/care..

Amazing, that at this time of year when heat bills are the highest, the cost of living is the highest, that this small community raised that much money..

yukoner

Jan 3, 2014 at 3:22 pm

June there are way too many people in this town that just want a free ride.
With all the bills and tax’s always going up. Then there’s that white elephant on the hill that will need another $400,000.00 of so soon. How is it people are supposed to live here?
Somebodys always got their hand in your pocket.

yukon56

Jan 4, 2014 at 12:41 pm

The Salvation Army services so many that choose the lifestyle that will always have them in need, I see the same ones everyday for a decade.

Hello

Jan 6, 2014 at 5:50 pm

I am grateful for a place like the Salvation Army.  Have you ever gone there for lunch?  You would be amazed at who shows up there!  People that have full time jobs and dressed to the nines!  Why are they going there? It irks me that people judge other people. I just hope and pray that none of you ever end up there! Who will have the last laugh?

Volunteer

Jan 6, 2014 at 9:15 pm

@yukon56, why don’t you offer a hand to those in need. You just might be able to help someone.

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