CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Salvation Army bell ringer Frank Mitchell thanks a Walgreens shopper for a donation Saturday afternoon in Clovis. Mitchell, who has been doing ringer shifts since Nov. 19, is in his first year as a volunteer.
With roughly two weeks to go before Christmas, the Salvation Army’s local Empty Stocking Fund effort is slightly lower than its performance from the same time last year.
Maj. Rachel Gallop of the Salvation Army said as of 5 p.m. Friday $2,300 had been collected, mostly from kettle donations in front of area stores.
“There don’t seem to be as many checks coming in,” Gallop said of the early donations.
Last year’s effort brought in around $3,000, and the goal is $5,000 this year.
The money donated, along with donations of clothes and toys, will go towards better Christmas for families on hard times and needy seniors.
There are seven consistent kettles in Clovis — two at Wal-Mart and one each Walgreen’s, S&S Supermarket, Lowe’s Supermarket, Hobby Lobby and Big Lots — and one occasional kettle at the Masters Centre, Maj. Jim Gallop said.
For information or to donate to a Salvation Army Christmas project, call Jim Gallop at 762-3801 or visit 317 E. Second St.
The Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune, in partnership with the Salvation Army, sponsor the Empty Stocking Fund and will continue to accept donations until the end of the year.
All contributions will be forwarded to the Salvation Army.
The Clovis News Journal accepts donations at the newspaper office at 521 Pile St.
Donations may be mailed to the CNJ at P.O. Box 1689, Clovis, N.M. 88102. Envelopes should be clearly marked to indicate they contain a donation for the Empty Stocking Fund.