Salvation Army's Red Kettle Donations Are Down

Dickerson hears the stranger’s great pipes from across the parking lot

"That's really the goal", Major Kris Wood with The Salvation Army said.

"We always trust that God will come through to provide what is needed even when things seem like we won't be able to meet our budget as they do this year".

Throughout December, the Salvation Army has had its Christmas Kettle Campaign stations installed at various retail locations in Sherwood Park, including both WalMart locations, the Sherwood Park Mall and Costco.

The Salvation Army of Greenwood is projecting a $15,000 drop in donations to its Red Kettle Campaign this year. As people approached the entrance, O'Mara joyfully engaged them with a nod or a brief comment - not a conversation starter or an attempt to solicit charity, but something warm and cheerful they could take or leave at their will.

It is the season of giving, and one Oklahoman gave a little bit more than expected this Christmas.

While sifting through donations at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Atlanta, a Salvation Army employee found a pure gold Canadian Maple Leaf coin in one of the kettles.

Bristol Salvation Army thousands short of red kettle goal

While Chapman said he is not sure who makes the donations, he has an idea.

"We want to thank all the organizations that helped us this year".

"That money goes to our Christmas campaign, which funds services and operation", he said.

"Last year, we were so green at it that we didn't do a very good job", Paxton said.

Bells are still ringing at local malls and shops as Salvation Army volunteers struggle to get attention for their red kettles.

It's the most wonderful time of the year and many are donating their time and money, to give back to various causes in the Peterborough community.


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