How far does $25 really go?

Wondering how much of an impact a donation of just $25 could make for your favorite local charity?

Six charitable groups in Syracuse shared how far they could stretch a $25 donation -- less than the cost of a tank of gas -- to feed, clothe or house the needy, educate the community, or preserve the history of the county.

Donations to all of the following organizations are tax deductible and stay within Syracuse and Onondaga County. If a website is noted for donations, the organization offers a secure online donation system.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army provides early education programs, child and juvenile welfare and justice services, housing, transitional and emergency assistance for adults and youth, adult day programs, a youth camp and emergency disaster services, all in the Central New York area.

During last week's turkey drive, $25 donated was doubled by an anonymous matching grant, said Greg Meitus, public relations and marketing manager of Salvation Army of the Syracuse Area.

At $15 per turkey, one donor's $25 commitment could provide almost three complete turkey dinners for three local families, Meitus said.

At the annual Christmas Bureau Distribution, a $25 donation could purchase four movie tickets, one of the Christmas Bureau gifts specifically for teens.

"The older, 13- to 16-year-old kids are hard to shop for, they don't want stuffed animals and matchbox cars," said Meitus. The movie tickets, provided in pairs, are available for the second year at the Christmas Bureau event, held Wednesday Dec. 22 at the OnCenter.

To donate to the Salvation Army of the Syracuse Area, visit salvationarmy.org, mail a check to The Salvation Army of the Syracuse Area, 677 S. Salina St., Syracuse, NY, 13202 or call 479-1337.

Or drop your donation in one of the iconic Red Kettle Drive bell ringer's kettles throughout the county.

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