BOSTON – The Salvation Army says donations are down this season.
The Salvation Army, which has a location in Framingham, said on Thursday its is short $1.5 million of its 2016 goal for Massachusetts.
The Salvation Army issued a final plea Thursday for a push in donations to meet this year’s fundraising goal in Massachusetts.
The City of Lawrence is down 59 percent and Boston is down 20-35 percent, compared to last year.
“With charitable contributions making up the majority of the annual funding of The Salvation Army it is essential that we meet our Red Kettle Campaign goal for this year,” Maj. Gregory Hartshorn, general secretary of the Massachusetts Salvation Army, said in a statement. “We desperately depend on generosity at this time of year so we can continue outreach to hundreds of thousands of individuals, families and seniors who are directly assisted by our programs and services.”
The organization has collected more than $2 million thus far in 2016.
The Salvation Army provides programs to feed the hungry, toys for children at Christmas and after-school and childcare services throughout the year.
Photo and press release courtesy of Salavation Army