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Salvation Army pushes to raise funds for emergency shelter

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The Salvation Army in Waco ends their Red Kettle Campaign in a few days, but the charity is still tens of thousands of dollars away from meeting their goal to cover the loss of funds for their emergency shelter.

A new government mandate required the charity to remove their $190,000 Continuum of Care Grant from their shelter budget. Taking the money away from the shelter could mean other services provided by the Salvation Army in Waco might be affected because the charity could be forced to use funds from those other services to cover their shelter costs.

The Salvation Army in Waco decided that raising $160,000 during their Red Kettle Campaign could offset the $190,000 loss to the shelter budget.

So far, the charity has raised a little more than $120,000. With the campaign ending in a matter of days, the shelter must now try to raise at lease $8,000 each day leading up to the end of the campaign to meet their goal.

"Five more bell-ringing days in which to meet our goal," Major Bradley Caldwell, with the Salvation Army, said. "We still have considerable ground to cover."

Caldwell said that volunteers play a big part in making sure they meet their goal.

"We've had a huge number of volunteers turn out this year compared to last year, and that's helped considerably," he said. "The more volunteers we have, even in the last days, will make a huge difference."

Troy Bird is one of this year's volunteers. It is his first time bell-ringing, but not his first experience with the Salvation Army.

"They've helped me with shelter, food, clothing, great friendship," Bird said. "It's giving back to them what they've given to me."

The volunteer said hearing that the shelter needs to raise tens of thousands more was not good news to him, but is still certain they will meet their goal.

"I know that the Lord will provide," Bird said.  "I'm confident we'll make it -- pretty confident," he added.

Caldwell said anyone who wants to volunteer to bell-ring can still do so. The Red Kettle Campaign ends on Christmas Eve.

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