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GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—The cold and windy weather is putting a damper on the Salvation Army’s biggest fundraiser.

It’s a regular sight during the holiday season—volunteers from the Salvation Army standing outside of stores with their iconic red kettles, ringing bells and wishing happy holidays to donors.  

But this year, our local chapter of the Salvation Army says numbers are down.

They need to raise 210-thousand dollars this season, and they've only raised 30.

The Salvation Army started their kettle collections 2.5 weeks ago, and say that an early could front scared away volunteers.

With temperatures expected to drop even more in the upcoming weeks, they are expecting more of the same.

Now the Salvation Army is asking for volunteers to ring bells at any one of their 20 sites throughout the Grand Forks area.

They say they need 180 thousand dollars by December 23rd.

“It’s great to go in ahead of the game and that way we can kind of coast through that last cold. Looks like it's about 10 days or so of some pretty frigid weather, so get everybody involved while it's warm and then we can kind of coast through and hit our goal and so it's a win-win for everybody,” said Lt. Matthew Beatty of the Salvation Army.

If you want to help out but are afraid of the cold there are a number of indoor kettle locations.

 The Salvation Army also opened 2 new indoor posts this year at Natural Grocers and River Cinemas in East Grand Forks.

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