STERLING – This holiday season and all year, The Salvation Army in Sterling and Rock Falls will provide food, clothing, and emergency assistance to people in need in the community.
Lt. Cindy Marquis said they need to raise $138,500.
Traditionally, The Salvation Army’s bell ringers in Whiteside County help generate significant support for community-wide programs at their red kettles. However, they continue to face restricted access in setting up kettles.
Local donations are down due to the economy. Home foreclosures are unprecedented, unemployment is still a major problem, and prices for essentials are rising, Marquis said. All this contributes to an increase in families seeking help during the Christmas season and an increase in the cost of providing help.
The 2013 Red Kettle Campaign begins Tuesday. The Salvation Army is scheduling volunteers to help in their mission to serve everyone in need.
To donate, call 815-625-1622, mail a check to P.O. Box 336, Sterling, IL 61081. Go to www.onlineredkettle.org/whitesidecounty to donate online. The kettle campaign also can be followed on Facebook.