Salvation Army holiday campaign changes lives for families

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You may have seen WZDX News folks Wednesday at the Wall Triana Kroger in Madison collecting donations for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign.

Santa and Peppermint the reindeer were also there ringing the bell to get donations to make a difference this Christmas.

The Salvation Army helps over 4,000 people, mostly kids, over the holiday and serves over 125,000 meals at their homeless shelter every year. Money from the campaign keeps helping families for months after.

“Utilities, rent, food, clothing, all of that,” listed Major Anthony Baso. “It goes into our general fund and it really helps us keep doing what we’re doing.”

Baso knows just how important keeping it going really is.

“When my brothers and sisters were very little my mother was single at that time and they were not going to have a Christmas,” he said. “It was Christmas Eve, there was a knock on the door, and it was the Salvation Army. They were there ready with food, the whole fixings and everything, gifts that were under the tree for my brothers and sisters. They’re over 50 now and they still tear up when they think about that. The Salvation Army was there for them.”

When asked about getting technology for folks to donate using debit or credit cards, Baso says it wasn’t cost effective in other places he’s been, but he’d be willing to try it here next year.

You have until December 23rd to donate.

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