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Nonprofits in Jackson discuss end of the year efforts to help the community

JACKSON, TN (WNBJ) - Nonprofits in the hub city like the Salvation Army have their hands full still providing aid to those recovering from Friday night’s tornado and with other service projects. While other organizations are expecting an influx in collection rates.

“So, we have about ten days left to raise 50,000 dollars. So, we are a little bit behind yet, I believe that the community will come together to make it happen,” said Lt. Mark Cancia, the Commanding Officer at the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army is nearing the end of their Red Kettle Campaign this year but they are short of their goal of $140,000 dollars.

“We are in the middle of our Red Kettle Campaign, which allows us to provide emergency solutions that people need every day. Whether someone loses their job or if somebody is unable to buy food for their family the Salvation Army is here 365 days a year to meet those human needs,” said Lt. Mark Cancia, the Commanding Officer at the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army is also busy with their angel tree and still helping those storm survivors in Kentucky and Tennessee so any donations is welcome.

On the other hand, Goodwill Industries in Jackson is expecting a surge of donations as people tend to declutter as the end of the year approaches.

The pandemic also played a part in their increase in donations.

“Early on in the pandemic everyone was at home, and they started decluttering. Folks had more time at home to look around and say it is a lot of things here we don’t need. Again, they thought of Goodwill, and we are very grateful. We saw a dramatic increase in donations during those first months of the pandemic. A 40 to 50 percent increase over other days during the year,” said Chris Fletcher, PR and Communications Manager with Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc.

Goodwill recommends that you donate early to avoid wait times and long donation lines.

Remember there is still time to donate to the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign. Red kettles are at the Wal Marts and Krogers in Jackson until December 24th.

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