Salvation Army fundraising continues to be down

In this Nov. 15 file photo, Laurie Streck volunteers as a bell
ringer at the Salvation Army red kettle during the
Celebration of Lights Thursday in downtown Hastings.

Even with an upcoming gift of $10,000, the Hastings Salvation Army is still off pace to reach the $175,000 goal for its Red Kettle Campaign and is imploring Hastings-area residents to continue to give.

Major Abe Tamayo, commander of the Hastings Salvation Army, said he learned Wednesday from the Hastings Community Foundation of the $10,000 pledge from an anonymous donor.

"It's a tremendous blessing to us and I'm hoping it will inspire others to give in smaller amounts toward our goal," he said.

Including that recent large donation, the Salvation Army has raised $114,000 this season. That amount is much less than the $156,000 given by the same time last year.

"So we're down considerably," Tamayo said.

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