Chattanooga Salvation Army asking, “Wherefore Art Thou Secret Santa?”
The Salvation Army of Greater Chattanooga is getting very concerned that the Secret Santa may not visit the red kettle this year. Reviewing previous years, his surprise large donations would have already appeared in the red kettles. Last year, several Secret Santas had already made an appearance at this point in the season.
In 2012 gifts were as listed:
· On Nov. 29th, 37 one hundred dollar bills in a Ft. Oglethorpe, GA red kettle.
· On Dec. 3rd, 10 one hundred dollar bills in a Cleveland, TN red kettle.
· On Dec. 4th, 48 one hundred dollar bills in a Ft. Oglethorpe, GA red kettle.
· On Dec. 6th, 9 one hundred dollar bills in a Chattanooga, TN red kettle.
· On Dec. 11th, 25 one hundred dollar bills in a Ringgold, GA, kettle.
On December 7, 2011 Secret Santa dropped 50 one-hundred dollar bills and on December 9, 2010, 55 one-hundred dollar bills were donated to the red kettles.
“We are concerned in general because donations are down due to 5 less days of ringing bells and Thanksgiving being late this year,” states Major Al Newsome. “At the same time, need has risen this year with 5,445 Angels needing assistance for Christmas!”
Monetary donations are needed to purchase gifts for children and seniors in need. Donations can be placed in any of the Red Kettles, mailed to 822 McCallie Avenue, given online atwww.csarmy.org or by calling 1-800-Sal-Army.
Volunteers are still needed to ring bells! Folks can visit csarmy.org to register for a volunteer shift and location. The Salvation Army will be ringing bells through Christmas Eve.