Salvation Army volunteer rings in holiday season

Salvation Army challenged by bell ringer shortage

Bristol Salvation Army thousands short of red kettle goal

The nonprofit is now facing a $220,000 shortfall in kettle donations as well as fewer volunteers. Funds collected stay local and help families in need at Christmas and all year round.

Major Dean Locke of the Burlington Salvation Army said that $200,000 had been raised as of Tuesday (Dec. 19). The Salvation Army says this year's goal is still lacking $100,000 to meet its campaign goal for 2017.

"For me, it really started in 2005 when I went down to Louisiana during the Hurricane Katrina clean-up effort", she said.

The gift of giving during the holidays has met its potential at the Salvation Army of Moses Lake. Now, Regamey said three-quarters of its volunteer shifts have been covered for the final days.

"It's not going to be like what it's been in years prior because there's so much online purchases", Hughes said.

The state as a whole is down 11 percent compared to past year, the Kettles specifically are down 11 percent.

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Last year, the organization served about 7,900 people in the Greenwood area.

"This donor, I believe, has dropped it at different locations, in different kettle sites, in our buckets", Hughes said.

Volunteers with the Salvation Army of Tulsa discovered five US $20 gold pieces that had been dropped into a red kettle recently.

"Some of our individual kettles have increased, from an individual kettle base from past year", Hughes said.

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