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Concord Salvation Army drive comes up short

As predicted, the Concord Salvation Army will end its kettle drive today at 4 p.m. nearly $18,000 behind its $80,000 goal because of the shortened holiday season, Major Jerry Stinson said. But the opportunity to donate will continue.

“Need has no season,” Stinson said. The Salvation Army is hoping to make up that shortfall by asking donors to send checks to its headquarters at 58 Clinton St., Concord 03301 or drop by with a financial donation. In the check’s memo line, write “kettle,” Stinson said, so he will know how to use the money.

The kettle drives help the Salvation Army stock its food pantry and run life skills programs for adults and children. The money is also used to help keep open the Salvation Army’s homeless shelter, the McKenna House on South Fruit Street, and to keep the shelter’s counseling programs on drug and alcohol abuse going.

Stinson said Thanksgiving’s late date this year cost the Salvation Army a week of kettle drive fundraising and as a result, the kettles had collected only about $62,600 as of today.

(Annmarie Timmins can be reached at 369-3323 or or on Twitter @annmarietimmins.)

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