The Salvation Army is kicking off its Red Kettle campaign on Friday. Volunteers said there is a big need in our community this holiday season.
The group runs a shelter that houses about 200 people a night. The Salvation Army also provides meals and clothing for many families.
Bell ringers are one of the biggest fundraisers for the Salvation Army, but volunteers are concerned about donor fatigue this year.
They said so many people gave food and money during the Waldo Canyon Fire this summer, they may not want to donate again during the holidays.
Maj. John Bennett is the Salvation Army's El Paso County coordinator. He said the goal is to raise about $600,000 this year.
He said bell ringers will be at grocery stores and shopping centers throughout the holiday season to collect donations.
Jamie Gruff is a single mother of three children. She said without the Salvation Army, her family would not have survived.
She got divorced a few years ago and during that time, her family had no place to live.
Gruff said she turned to the Salvation Army for help. Volunteers provided her with a place to stay, food and clothing.
She said she is now a certified nursing assistant and is finishing her nursing degree.
Gruff credits the Salvation Army for giving her family hope.
She said she hopes community members will think about people like her when giving this holiday season.
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