Charities Make One Last Push for Holiday Donations

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As Christmas approaches, local charities are making one last push to reach their holiday fundraising goals.

As of Saturday morning, the Salvation Army in Grand Island said they still needed $50,000 to reach their goal.

"Since the storm this week we've had some of our volunteers that haven't been able to make it out and so we're running a little behind last year now," said Captain Dave Mowers of the Grand Island Salvation Army.

Their Red Kettle campaign goal this year is $205,000, a goal its army of volunteers hopes to help reach.

"I'm doing the good Lord's work, and they were there, they helped me. They were nice about and they helped me quite a bit and I appreciate what they're doing for me," said volunteer Jesse Rivera.

The last day of bell ringing is Christmas Eve, and while $50,000 in two days may seem like an impossible feat, Mowers said he is confident it can happen.

"The community supports what the Salvation Army is doing, and we just have faith that God is going to provide us exactly what we need," Mowers said.

Plus, Mowers noted, people can continue donating in-person and online until the end of the year.

Every dollar truly does count, Mowers said, especially during the home stretch. And it's a message repeated by other charitable organizations as well.

"We're just hoping that people who are celebrating home and family this Christmas will take a moment to think about others who really long to have a home where it's stable and safe and secure for their families," said Dana Jelinek of the Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity.

Jelinek said they've only reached about half of their goal for their Give $20 for 20 campaign.

"It was kind of slow at the beginning and then at the end of the year it does pick up a little bit. But because of the threats of the fiscal cliff, we have seen a drop off in the donations," Jelinek said.

They just hope that people dig a little deeper to help those who can't.