As Christmas approaches and traditional Salvation Army red kettles and bell ringers pop up outside shopping center entrances, the Galveston County unit is facing a financial shortfall that could determine the future of the organization that has served the county for 128 years.

“I’m scared,” said Capt. Nathanael Doria who, along with his wife, Lucy, is co-commanding officer of the Salvation Army of Galveston County. “If we don’t have sufficient funding locally, we are literally at risk of extinction.”

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Wayne D Holt

The Salvation Army is one of those organizations that has not been rocked with scandal, not been shown to offer their top management outrageous salaries, not been discriminatory and not been "trendy" enough for some people. What it does, it does with old school efficiency, compassion and love for the folks who seek help there.

If you don't like charitable giving because you think it just encourages dependency, you should support the SA for its traditional emphasis on helping folks get back on their feet while encouraging them to feel a sense of urgency to get their life together and move on. If you don't like the idea of sending your money to New York or Washington for someone to dole back out, you'll like the idea your dollars are helping to meet real needs in our area.

I have given to many different charities over the years; it is surprising how many have been exposed for behaviors or policies that none of us would want to support. The Salvation Army is not like that. It's an organized effort to recruit our assistance in offering a temporary salvation to folks who have fallen on hard times.

I am very proud to support the Salvation Army with a monthly donation. The need is great year 'round. Look into your heart and see if you can say there is nothing extra that can be shared with others each month. I believe you'll find that just about all of us can dig a bit deeper to help the Salvation Army in its long history of care for our neighbors who are less fortunate.

Gary Scoggin


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