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Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign is falling way short

Teressa Johnson's life has been spiraling in the wrong direction. When her life partner Michael Santimo died in November, Johnson neglected a lot of her basic needs. (Photo: Joel Feick NBC25/FOX66)

(FLINT) Teressa Johnson's life has been spiraling in the wrong direction.

Johnson says "it seems like every time I turn somewhere, no one's been wanting to help me even though they said they would help."

When her life partner Michael Santimo died in November, Johnson neglected a lot of her basic needs.

"And I've been lost ever since then."

After running way behind on her Consumers Energy bill, they shut off her power. So no heat and no water. So she turned to the Salvation Army for help.

The Salvation Army's Joy Martinbianco says "we meet with individuals everyday that have similar set of circumstances. you're at the end of your whits. There's tragedy in your life and you need help. That's why we're here".

Johnson says she's willing to help out the Salvation Army as a bell ringer.

But she'll have to hurry. Their bell ringer campaign ends Friday. Martinbianco says the organization needs the public to step up to help people like Johnson.

"Thank you from the bottom of my heart," said Johnson.

"We are here for the residents of Genesee County everyday, 365 days a year. We couldn't do what we do without you," Martinbianco said.

If you can help them out, please donate here.


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