Salvation Army shortfall

The Salvation Army said the economy is hurting its ability to help the needy enjoy a happy Christmas, with the money drying up rapidly.

The quasi-military international charity said it has only raised $250,000, with many of the companies that has helped in the past not coming forward this year.

“To be at 35 per cent two weeks before Christmas, we would need your help. We would need good giving for the next two weeks. Where we are it is quite possible that we will fail to reach our target by at least 25 per cent and we don’t want that because we have the programmes in place that we need to get financed,” Communication Relations Director Major Denzil S Walcott told journalists at the church’s Reed Street, St Michael headquarters.

“There were major companies that helped us last year, some of them are holding back. So, we have not received their cheques as yet,” he explained.

The Salvation Army spokesman said he would like Barbadians to donate despite their economic circumstances, stating that while the charity had to dig into its internal resources to make up for a shortfall last year, there was no such cushion this year.

“In spite of their economic situation, I am counting on them to go beyond to really make it happen for us. What we are calling on, too, is the generosity of Barbadians. Having
returned here after so many years I find social consciousness is there and a sense of giving is there,” Walcott said, while he encouraged Barbadians to be like the wise men who “saw the star over the place where the Christ child lay, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy, they opened treasures and presented him gifts”.

3 Responses to Salvation Army shortfall

  1. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce December 16, 2017 at 3:37 am

    More food banks and Thrift Shops required to help the vulnerable and needy.

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  2. Ossie Moore December 16, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    This year and the next few will be extremely hard on charity organizations since many top brass of these organisation might be brough about in sexual harrassment accusations from the past forty years because any woman can bring about those charges. So its left to the power of women to enhance these organizations due to the uncertainty that mail executives and board members face in these on going times. The call is now made to those executive level women and widows of large fortunes to lend a hand in dispensing some good to the needy.

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  3. Edwina Scantlebury December 17, 2017 at 3:00 am

    How can they be having so many problems with shortfall.and had money to Rent Mara Largo for a function..
    Since hearing that I give my funds other charities.
    That is one charity my mother always told us to support very disappointed.

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