The Salvation Army raised $11.2 million during its 2014 Christmas campaign but fell $300,000 short of its $11.5 million goal.

It was only the second time in 15 years that the Salvation Army missed its mark, officials said.

“We are gratified to have raised that much money,” said Major Jeff Strickler, Twin Cities commander. “But the fact that we fell short of our goal means we have work to do early in 2015. Otherwise, we run the risk of having to cut programming.”

The Salvation Army hopes to raise another $10 million in donations between now and the end of September to support social service programs in the Twin Cities.

The Twin Cities Salvation Army serves 234,000 people a year through 28 local centers of operation. It serves 2,000 hot meals daily and shelters more than 1,000 people each night. Nearly 28,000 local volunteers help the Salvation Army provide these and other services, from child day care to senior housing.

To donate or volunteer, call 651-746-3400 or visit

Staff report