The Salvation Army Kicks Off Christmas Season 
with Large Donation from First Presbyterian Church of Cape

Friday, December 1, 2017
Members of First Presbyterian Church of Cape Girardeau present Lt. Matt DeGonia of the Salvation Army with a check for $7,500 to kickoff the organization’s Christmas Campaign. -submitted

Cape Girardeau, MO - Every year The Salvation Army helps thousands of people in Cape Girardeau County and the surrounding area. In order to meet those needs, The Salvation Army relies on the generous donations from the community as part of its annual Christmas Campaign. This year, the campaign kicked off with a bang thanks to a donation of $7,500 by the First Presbyterian Church in Cape Girardeau.


“Our Christmas goal for this year is $300,000. Receiving a donation of $7,500 at the beginning of the campaign is a great way to start the season,” said Lt. Matt DeGonia. “It will go a long way to helping further The Salvation Army’s mission to meet human needs in Jesus name. For me personally, it is encouraging to know that area churches such as First Presbyterian understand and support the mission of The Salvation Army and are willing to stand with us to show Jesus’ love to those in our community.”


The Salvation Army’s kettle campaign runs until Dec. 23 and consists of bell-ringers outside of retail locations in Cape Girardeau, Jackson, and Perryville including West Park Mall, JCPenney, Hobby Lobby, Schnucks, Country Mart, Buchheit and Save-A-Lot before Thanksgiving and Walmart, Sam’s Club, Sears, Macy’s and Walgreens after Thanksgiving. Donations can also be made online at


“We appreciate all of the local businesses that allow us to ring in front of their stores during our Christmas campaign,” says Lt. DeGonia. “Without them we couldn’t do what we do in the community.”


For more information on the Christmas campaign, please visit or call (573) 335-7000.

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