ROSEVILLE, MN — The Salvation Army says donations are down across the state and more volunteers are needed. In Greater Minnesota and North Dakota donations are running about 450 thousand dollars behind the goal. In the Twin Cities donations are down by around a quarter million dollars.
Spokesman Dan Furry says, “There are fewer volunteers this year than we’ve had in the past years. So that kind of correlates to fewer bell ringers and fewer donations at the Red Kettles.”
The Salvation Army is in need of bell ringers at Red Kettles across the state. “An empty Red Kettle raises zero, and somebody who is ringing a bell will raise anywhere from $30 to $50, and $25 will feed a family of four for a week, so it makes a huge difference.” Furry says.
The Red Kettle Campaign runs through Christmas Eve. To sign up for a bell-ringing shift, go online to salvationarmynorth.org