Close the gap: Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign

It’s the final countdown as the Salvation Army that serves South Mississippi’s six southern-most counties races to close the gap.

Nonprofits throughout the nation took a hit this year due to COVID, but that didn’t stop South Mississippians from manning the front lines for those who need help most, as seen recently at the 8th annual Windy Swetman Kettlethon Fundraiser for the Salvation Army in Biloxi. “You’ve noticed this year you’ve not heard the bells ringing as you walk in and out of stores when usually we’d have bellringers there. Certainly, the need is greater in our communities.”

The Christmas holiday is behind us, but the season for giving is not and the Salvation Army Mississippi Gulf Coast Area Command, servicing the six southernmost counties, is hoping to close the gap. Major Bradley Caldwell said, “We had a budget goal of $335,000, and we’ve made $200,000, so we need $135,000 to make that goal that helps to fund many programs through the year, social services, emergency disaster response, community care, all those ways that we help people throughout the year need to be funded now.”

Through the Close the Gap campaign, donations can be made until 3 p.m. on December 31st. “We still have online kettles at They can drop a check by the Salvation Army Kroc Center at 575 Division Street in East Biloxi. We’ve got a kettle right there in the foyer. They can just drop it in. They can get a tax receipt at the desk if they like.”

All donations that go right back into the local community as seen over the Christmas holidays when cold shelters were open for those in need.

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