Salvation Army hit hard by November storm

The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign took a big hit during last month's lake effect blast.

BUFFALO N.Y. (WIVB) – The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign took a big hit during last month’s lake effect blast. The charity lost thousands of dollars over the five days, putting them behind on their goal but all you have to do is drop some coins in a bucket to help. Marcus Dean has been ringing the bell all of December.

“I think it’s a blessing to do it because it gives back to families in need,” said Dean. “I think it’s a good blessing to help other people.”

Right now the Salvation Army is behind about $30,000 on their goal of $1.3 million. Major Tomas Applin the Executive Director of the Salvation Army for Greater Buffalo says a lot of that is due to the November storm.

“When the November storm hit we moved into a different mode we’re a disaster agency we immediately mobilized and got to feeding people in shelters and service providers all around.”

Major Applin says his organization lost $10,000 thousand a day for 5 days, totaling $50,000. He says the storm combined with Thanksgiving being so late in the year has slowed down donations, but major Applin believes in Buffalo.

“We’re always hopeful we’re a faith based organization who does good work for the community and we rely on god that he will come through for us and we trust him that he will inspire the community to come through in the end.”

There’s still a chance to help the Salvation Army reach its goal. Red kettles will still be out till Christmas Eve. Plus you can send donations to the organization. Those will be counted all the way until December 31st. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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