The Salvation Army is facing a shortage of donations and support due to the group’s recent foray into ideological dogma.
On Monday, a local Fox News outlet in Seattle reported that the charitable organization is facing twice as many as families in need, but even fewer volunteers and people are donating.
Per a statement from Colonel Cindy Foley of the NW Salvation Army group: "There are many reasons why both financial and toy donations are down this year, not the least of which is likely pandemic fatigue and concerns about employment and the future," she said.
"We are actually trying to provide food, shelter, toys and clothing to double the number of families we served last Christmas, and in the midst of the growing need we are seeing fewer people donating at our virtual and physical kettles."
That brings us to the underlying dilemma facing the Salvation Army this year. Prior to the political upheaval of American life – the Salvation Army was about helping kids in need.
But now: a tweet from someone on the left that attacks the Salvation Army as being bigoted.
"This is your holiday reminder to NOT shop at or donate to the Salvation Army. They have a rich history of bigotry."
A tweet from someone on the right complaining about the charity’s recent foray into trying to appease progressives.
"Remember when the Salvation Army was promoting a racist, bigoted "anti-white" agenda until they received so much backlash they had to revoke it? Don't give any money to the bigots who run the Salvation Army."
What caused this year’s divide?
Flashback to Thanksgiving time last month: the charity made a critical race theory inspired commission that targeted their white donors and working staff. It was through their "International Social Justice Commission" that the group attacked Christianity as a racist institution and said white people need to apologize to blacks for being "antagonistic."
The so-called "study guide" material provided to the Salvation Army staffers pushed the same ideological talking points previously uncovered by Christopher Rufo making their way through America’s biggest companies.
After the backlash, the Salvation Army retracted the "guide for appropriate review."
(Also this evening a Salvation Army group in Spokane Washington said on Tuesday a girl posing as a bell ringer stole the red kettle used to solicit donations. This as crime rates increase across the country.)