This is one of the busiest times of the year for the Salvation Army. Unfortunately, donations have been slow to come in .
Steven Lopes, Erie County Commander of the Salvation Army, told News 4, “I found out that the Salvation Army was so much more than just helping people for the holidays. Its an organization that helps people year round.”
Giving to the Salvation Army is important for so many reasons. Lobes knows this first hand. He explained, “As a child, my parents families are immigrants to this country and we were part of a community of poor catholics. Around the holidays, the Salvation Army was there to help the poor good catholics in my area.”
From that point on, he and his wife decided to give their lives to helping others. He’s still doing 30 years later. He said, “It’s now been about a 30 year journey to come alongside others and let them know they’re not alone in their time of need and it’s been a blessing.”
So far, for the first quarter of their collections, they are behind in donations. Lopes shared, “In Erie County as of a couple of days ago,we are running behind about 7 percent.”
That translates to about 35 thousand dollars. The Salvation Army believes it’s for a few reasons. Lopes stated, “For starters we don’t have kettles at a lot of places because we don’t have enough volunteers. Another one is the traffic. As we as a society become more of an online shopping experience, the foot traffic in front of brick and mortars aren’t what they used to be.”
If you would like to donate or help volunteer it is not too late. The red kettle campaign runs through December 24th. Head to the found it on four section of our website for more information.