Salvation Army says hurricane relief unlikely to cut into local fundraising

A bell ringer stands outside the Jefferson City HyVee on Tuesday. Salvation Army officials said they expect to hit their donation goals this year. (Garrett Bergquist)

The regional Salvation Army director on Tuesday said local donors recognize the ongoing needs of less-fortunate Missourians.

Maj. Nancy Holloway said the Salvation Army just missed its donation goal in Columbia last year but exceeded its goal in Jefferson City. This year, the organization hopes to raise $365,600 and $270,000 in those respective cities.

The Salvation Army put out its trademark red kettles following Hurricane Harvey this summer. Despite this, Holloway said she didn't think Missourians would feel exhausted from multiple appeals. She said the annual Red Kettle Drive entirely supports local relief efforts including the organization's food pantries and the two homeless shelters it operates, Columbia's Harbor House and Jefferson City's Center of Hope.

"If anything, the hurricanes just made us more aware of the continual need, but also the continual service that are provided by the Salvation Army," she said.

At the Jefferson City HyVee, several shoppers stopped to put a few dollars in the kettle. Roberta Dunkel said it's important to her to donate every year.

"There are people out there that are really in need," she said.

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