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The Salvation Army has concluded its 2015 Red Kettle Christmas Campaign, raising just over $3.17 million. The Army set a goal of $3.5 million for the annual campaign, which ran from November 12, 2015 through January 31, 2016, but finished $316,000 short.

“We’re very grateful for the generous people of Central Indiana who donated to this year’s campaign and whose gifts allow us to serve those in need in our community,” says Major Bob Webster, Indiana Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army. “Unfortunately, not making our goal leaves us in a financial crisis. We simply don’t have the reserves to cover the $316,000 shortfall.”

The shortfall will mean a reduction in services at The Salvation Army’s Ruth Lilly Women and Children’s Center and at its Harbor Light Center in 2016.

While the campaign deadline has passed, The Salvation Army continues to accept gifts throughout the year, which will be applied against this shortfall between now and September 30, 2016.

“The need continues to grow, and we desperately want to meet that need in 2016,” says Major Webster. “We humbly ask the compassionate people of our community to give to The Salvation Army so we can continue to serve the men, women and children who come to us for help every day.”

If you would like to support The Salvation Army, you can make a donation online by clicking here. You can also call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or mail a check to The Salvation Army, 3100 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208. For additional information on how you can give, call 1-800-589-1037. If you would like to meet to discuss your gift in person, please contact Duke Haddad, Ed.D., Executive Director of Development at 317-224-1029.

Last year – through the generosity of Central Indiana donors – The Salvation Army served more than 3,528 people struggling with substance abuse, provided more than 113,000 safe nights of shelter for the homeless, including women and children fleeing domestic abuse, served more than 468,000 meals to men, women, and children in need, and provided a safe environment for hundreds of area children to go after school.