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Kansas City’s Salvation Army gets a boost

A helper has come to the aid of the Kansas City area Salvation Army and will push the charity closer to its $1.5 million Christmas Campaign goal. That’s good news for the bell ringers working the red kettles. In this 2013 file photo, Alan Christiansen of Kansas City did the honors at Broadway Avenue and Nichols Road in the Country Club Plaza.
A helper has come to the aid of the Kansas City area Salvation Army and will push the charity closer to its $1.5 million Christmas Campaign goal. That’s good news for the bell ringers working the red kettles. In this 2013 file photo, Alan Christiansen of Kansas City did the honors at Broadway Avenue and Nichols Road in the Country Club Plaza. Kansas City Star file photo

A helper has come to the aid of the Kansas City area Salvation Army and will push the charity closer to its $1.5 million goal for its Christmas campaign.

Salvation Army officials announced Friday that thanks to one of its benefactors, money donated would “go twice as far.”

After an announcement Thursday that this year’s Red Kettle collections lagged thousands of dollars behind last year’s, an anonymous donor pledged to match dollar-for-dollar online and Red Kettle donations up to $200,000.

“With less than a week to go, we are still more than $500,000 away from our goal of raising $1.5 million at the kettles,” Maj. Evie Diaz, Salvation Army divisional commander, said in a prepared statement Friday.

The kettle campaign and the match for those funds end on Christmas Eve, but online donations will be matched through the end of the year, Diaz said.

Money collected in the kettles supports Salvation Army programs for homelessness, hunger and emergency assistance. It also funds disaster services and programs for youth and senior citizens.

To reach Mará Rose Williams, call 816-234-4419 or send email to mdwilliams@kcstar.com.

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