Fayette County

Salvation Army kettle campaign short $115,000

With only a week left remaining in its 2015 kettle campaign, the Salvation Army of Lexington is $115,422 short of its fundraising goal of $350,000.

Salvation Army Maj. Thomas Hinzman said the campaign is also $31,600 behind last year’s contributions at this time.

“Rainy weather and a shortage of volunteers at the start of this year’s campaign have left us with a lot of ground to make up,” Hinzman said. “With just one week remaining, we’re going to need the full support of our community to do it.”

Hinzman said all donations will remain in Central Kentucky and help the Salvation Army with its mission, which includes the housing of homeless women and children.

In addition to giving to bell ringers at stores including the Fayette Mall, Walmart and Kroger, people can also donate online at www.onlineredkettle.org/centralky. Last year, the Salvation Army of Lexington’s online kettle campaign raised the second most of all Salvation Army online campaigns. This year, a donor has agreed to match online donations up to $60,000. Donations can also be made by texting “joy” to 91999 or by sending a check to the Salvation Army, 736 W. Main Street, Lexington, KY, 40508.

The campaign concludes on Christmas Eve.