HAMPTON ROADS-- With four days left in the Red Kettle campaign, the Salvation Army is $80,000 behind what they raised in 2011.
The $80,000 deficit is an improvement from $150,000 in late November. However, the Salvation Army says a continued shortfall could affect youth programming such as sending at-risk youth to camp, leadership conferences, and the expected March start of an after-school program in Norfolk.
'We are grateful for an area that is as giving as Hampton Roads,' said Captain Brett Meredith of the Salvation Army. 'We pray that upon hearing of this shortfall, and possible programs affected, our community will continue to rise to the challenge.'
In greater Hampton Roads in 2011, more than $750,000 was dropped in the kettles from November through Christmas Eve in support of local programs and services.
'We rely on what is raised at the kettles and throughout Christmas to meet the needs of those most at risk in Hampton Roads throughout the year,' said Captain Meredith.
In 2012 the Salvation Army was able to serve more than 7,500 southside families during Christmas distribution from Dec. 10 through 17 and provide toys to more than 16,700 children.