The Salvation Army — an organization lauded for helping the poor and disenfranchised — is in need of a little help itself.

Lt. Dennis Jolly, who heads up the Burlington Salvation Army, said the group is still $6,000 short of its annual $140,000 fundraising goal. While local bell ringers were able to drum up enough donations to meet their $80,000 goal, the supplemental mail-in campaign, which runs concurrent with the bell ringing fundraiser, came up a bit short.

Jolly said the Salvation Army has until the end of January to raise the money, and he's confident the community will make up the difference.

"They can come down and write a check, or they can send a check in the mail," Jolly said.

The money goes directly into services and programs offered by the Salvation Army, including a food pantry; free, freshly-cooked meals every weekday; backpacks for children; vouchers for clothing and furniture; rent and utility assistance; and the Angel Tree toy program, which is similar to the Toys for Tots toy giveaway each Christmas.

The money also funds the Pathway of Hope program, which provides case management services, such as job training and financial management. There is no financial requirement to receive those services.

“We help anyone who comes through the door,” Jolly said.

Jolly said if the money isn't raised, then the organization will have to re-evaluate those services to see which ones are the most affordable.

Jolly also noted the money is used for a weekly after-school program for children, which teaches them life skills through games, crafts and the Bible. There is no charge, and it's open to everyone.  The program starts next Wednesday, and will continue through May.

For more information about how to donate or sign up for the program, call the Burlington Salvation Army at (319) 752-2692, or visit the location at 225 S. Third St. in downtown Burlington.