Updated: Two charities short of goal
CHAMPAIGN — Two local charities nearing the end of their holiday fund-raising campaigns are still short of their goals.
Red kettle donations rang up short for the Salvation Army of Champaign County, but its corps officer Major Tom McDowell says it might still be possible to meet the organization's overall goal by the end of January.
"It will take an extraordinary effort and some extraordinary gifts," he said.
The Salvation Army has raised $375,000 toward its $428,000 overall goal, McDowell said Thursday.
The red kettle campaign that ran through Christmas Eve brought in $38,000 less than what the organization hoped for and what the kettles brought in last year, he said.
Donations can be brought in or mailed, and those who can't give money are welcome to donate other items or volunteer their time, McDowell said.
"We had a donated car," he added. "That helps. We'll get the income off the sale of that."
Developmental Services Center, which launched its annual Tree of Hope campaign Nov. 7, has raised $118,918 — about the same amount it had raised at this point last year, except this year the organization has a goal that is $5,000 higher, says its Director of Development Janice McAteer.
"We are still really encouraging people to make those donations," she said.
DSC has a goal of raising $135,000 this year, and will use the money to help support its services for people with developmental disabilities in Champaign, Ford and Piatt counties.