You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Salvation Army effort comes up short

Springfield charity rallies after bad weather, tough economy slowed donations.

The results are in from the Springfield/Clark County Salvation Army’s local kettle drive for 2013. And although the numbers are not good, the late response to early losses due to weather has left local first-year captain Justin Caldwell impressed with the charitable heart of people in Clark County.

“We ended up with $132,041.88,” said Caldwell. “We were hoping to be up around $158, 000, which is what they raised last year. So it is quite significantly down.

“It’s been a tough year for us. This weather has really stripped us down.”

There were two prime December weekends, during which a normal day can net $6,000-$7,000, when snow limited both the Friday and Saturday efforts. But after Caldwell sounded the alarm to the public, the response was good.

“When the word got out, there were some people who really gave generously,” said Caldwell. “We could have been in a worse position for sure. For a little while, we were looking at being around $110,000 when it was all said and done.”

That would have meant a nearly $50,000 deficit, which Caldwell said would have been devastating.

“Actually, $132,000 is quite a feat in a town the size of Springfield,” he added. “And the comeback ability was very impressive. Our phones were really ringing off the hook at the end. It was a wild Christmas.”

Caldwell says there may be more help coming.

“We don’t have our totals for our mail appeal yet,” he said. “I feel as though our mail appeal is going to make up some of the difference. If not, we’ll have to look at the fine details. There are other ways that we can cut a little more, in terms of picking people up and how we get food. We already do a lot of that, but there are ways to do more.”

Caldwell, who acknowledged that many Salvation Army units across the country are facing devastating shortfalls, says a lot of the deficit can be chalked up to tough economic time.

“I consider ourselves blessed,” he said. “We could be really far off and really wringing our hands about what we are going to do.”

That has left Caldwell, who along with his wife Evelyn took the Springfield post in June of 2013, impressed and uplifted despite the hard times.

“It does something to you to know that the community is there for you,” he said. “There are still a lot of people who look for opportunities to help. One guy went online and bought $1,000 of footballs and basketballs.

“It’s efforts like that that keep us going.”

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Community News

Father of NFL hopeful killed in South Florida
Father of NFL hopeful killed in South Florida

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The father of NFL hopeful and Florida State University star Travis Rudolph was killed this weekend in an accidental shooting, according to reports from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. >> Read more trending news Darryl Rudolph was shot over the weekend near Sugar Daddy’s Adult Cabaret...
Space Glossary
Space Glossary

  Asteroid: A large space rock that stays in space. These rocky objects orbit the sun and are much smaller than planets.   Bolide: The light emitted by a large meteoroid or asteroid as it explodes in the atmosphere.   Comet: A solid body made of ice, rock, dust and frozen gases. As they fracture and disintegrate, some comets leave a...
12-year-old caught after driving 800 miles across Australia
12-year-old caught after driving 800 miles across Australia

A 12-year-old boy who was trying to drive across Australia was stopped by police 800 miles into his journey, the BBC reported. The boy was pulled over near the mining town of Broken Hill in the New South Wales outback on Saturday after a patrol noticed the car's bumper dragging on the ground. Police said the boy had been trying to drive from Kendall...
Nursery school offers services for sick kids so parents don’t miss work
Nursery school offers services for sick kids so parents don’t miss work

An Indianapolis preschool is offering a service to its parents when kids are sick. Parents with kids who are under the weather don’t have to miss a day of work, Rainbow Station at Geist will still take them.  >> Read more trending news The school, which offers nursery school, Preschool, pre-k, kindergarten and school-aged recreation...
Amber Heard, Elon Musk are officially together?
Amber Heard, Elon Musk are officially together?

There’s been talk of actress Amber Heard and billionaire Elon Musk being romantically linked, but this weekend the pair made it “social media official.” >> Read more trending news Johnny Depp’s ex has hooked up with the Tesla founder, and they were caught on film together in Australia, People reported. Heard is in...
More Stories