Columbia Salvation Army on track to reach Christmas campaign goal

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COLUMBIA - The Salvation Army in Columbia said it is right on track to achieving their Christmas campaign goal. Melody Freeman, business administrator with the Salvation Army in Columbia, said they have reached 70 percent of their $415,000 goal. Freeman said at this time last year, they were at 71 percent of their goal. 

“Every year we have managed to make it with the help and support of the community, and we are very thankful,” Freeman said. 

When KOMU asked Freeman if they worry about not reaching their goal, she laughed and said “every day.”

While the bell ringers stopped collecting money in the red kettles today, there is still time to donate. The Christmas campaign runs from November 1 to January 31. 

Freeman said the Christmas campaign represents one-third of its annual budget, which covers the church programs, the social service office and its 61-bed homeless shelter.

“We are so grateful for the people of Columbia and mid-Missouri who put money into our red kettles, send us cash and bring checks to us,” Freeman said. 

Here is how you can donate:

  • Text COMOHOPE TO 41444
  • The thrift stores are accepting credit card gifts (The stores are located at 23 E Walnut St. Columbia, Mo. 65203 and 1304 Parkade Boulevard Columbia, Mo. 65203)
  • There will be walk-in donations at Columbia corps main office (1108 W. Ash St. Columbia, Mo. 65203) next week, December 28- 31: 9AM- 12PM; 1PM- 5PM
  • Also, direct donations can be sent to their main office