Goal: $15,000

As tradition, the Herald-Standard is kicking off the 2019 Give-A-Christmas campaign on Thanksgiving Day.

The year’s goal is $15,000 for the campaign that supports the Salvation Army throughout the readership area.

“The Herald Standard is happy to again be involved with the Salvation Army for this year’s Sparkle Campaign,’’ said Michael Scott, Herald-Standard publisher. “Their work is so important, and it benefits so many, thanks to the generosity of all who answer the ringing bell.’’

Sparkle, the Christmas star, who serves as campaign mascot, said, “Herald-Standard readers have been wonderful, raising more than $1 million over the many years of the campaign.’’

The Salvation Army appreciates donations from Herald-Standard readers as the campaign help with its mission.

Major Deborah Weigner, Uniontown Worship & Service Center of the Salvation Army, commented, “We are so grateful for Herald-Standard’s long-standing partnership on the Give-A-Christmas campaign. We are losing a week of Red Kettle fundraising this year with Thanksgiving being late, so we really need the extra push to reach our $50,000 kettle goal. We rely heavily on public donations during the holidays to support our year-round services like fighting against homelessness, hunger and poverty. That’s why we’re here – to give hope to the hopeless and help to the needy here in Uniontown.”

Sparkle reminded readers their donations will be sent to the Salvation Army unit that serves the area in which they live.

“Remember that when you give, you are helping people in your own neighborhoods,’’ said Sparkle.

Donations will be accepted until noon Dec. 20. The grand total will be announced in the Christmas Eve edition of the Herald-Standard.

Donors can mail contributions to Give-A-Christmas, c/o Herald-Standard, 8 E. Church St., Uniontown, PA 15401 or bring them to the Herald-Standard office in Uniontown from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Red Sparkle cups will be placed in stores that sell the Herald-Standard.

Herald-Standard employees will also be ringing bells for the campaign from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at Uniontown Walmart.

“Be sure to stop by to make a donation,’’ said Sparkle.

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