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Watertown Salvation Army approaches $180,000 campaign goal

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The Watertown Salvation Army has almost reached the $180,000 goal for its holiday fundraising campaigns.

Lt. Zeb Hough said Old Newsboys Day, the Red Kettle campaign and a mail campaign have raised $175,000. The holiday campaigns close Jan. 15.

“We just seriously cannot say how impressed by the community we are,” Mr. Hough said. “We have a plan for next year, too, that will definitely help us fill that gap. We’re excited about the opportunities and possibilities of what the Watertown Salvation Army can do.”

While he and his wife, Lt. Summer Hough, have been planning improvements for the 2013 holiday campaigns, Mr. Hough said, there’s still a couple of weeks left for greater Watertown area residents to participate in either the Red Kettle campaign, Old Newsboys Day or a general donation toward the holiday effort.

The online red kettle has collected $500 and the overall Red Kettle campaign brought in $96,000, which was down about $6,000 from the 2011 campaign.

Fewer volunteers meant the agency’s largest fundraiser had to proceed with fewer kettles. Mr. Hough said he is still pleased with the amount of money community members donated.

Old Newsboys Day — the agency’s second-largest fundraiser — brought in more than $27,000, which was down about $5,000 from the 2011 effort. Sponsored by the Watertown Daily Times, Old Newsboys Day participants sell copies of the newspaper for any amount from 75 cents to hundreds of dollars.

People may contribute to any campaign they may not have had a chance to participate in yet by dropping off a cash or check donation or mailing a check to the agency.

Checks should be made payable to “Watertown Salvation Army” with a specific campaign designation written in the memo line. Checks may be mailed to the agency, 723 State St., Watertown, N.Y. 13601.

The mail campaign/annual appeal and general donations seem to be doing well, Mr. Hough said, and have helped the agency come close to its overall holiday campaign efforts goal.

Mr. Hough said he and his wife will work on ways to increase awareness and profits for the 2013 holiday campaigns before they begin.

Mrs. Hough said she was going to organize a Christmas-in-July food drive to help offset the need for the agency to purchase food for Christmas baskets in December.

Now that the holiday efforts have slowed down, Mr. Hough said, the agency’s Supper Club will start again Jan. 17 and all children and adult programs will continue throughout the new year.

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