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Published December 16, 2009, 06:00 PM

Salvation Army Donations Down

The Grand Forks Salvation Army has only raised $103,000 dollars so far. Their goal is $267,000. Meaning they've got 8 days to try and raise $164,000 dollars.

By: Steve Bodakowski, WDAZ

Its a sound that rings a bell to most during the holidays but this year more are ignoring the ring of the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army says donations at the kettles are strong it's donations through the mail which have slipped. And that's making it hard for them to reach their goals.

Gary Shields/Salvation Army: "We've noticed a significant decrease in the amount of checks being put in."

They rely on people like Anthony Thomas to man the 19 kettle stations around town. Bell ringing is one way to bring out the holiday spirit in people and turn this red to green.

Anthony Thomas/Ringing Bell For Salvation Army: "It gives me incentive to belong to something as a whole and to see people's cheerful moods, I do it because a lot of people need help and for me to be a part of it makes me feel good."

Jean Whitmen/Donating: "I just always have donated, you see it its automatic when you see it."

The Salvation Army has only raised $103,000 dollars so far. Their goal is $267,000. Meaning they've got 8 days to try and raise $164,000 dollars.

Gary Shields/Salvation Army: "Our goal is the same as last year we realize going into the recession to increase it would be a challenge."

They blame it on the economy. But say as long as they have their programs in place showing what the money can do, bells or no bells the donations will follow.

Gary Shields/Salvation Army: "Our Christmas program, we have the adopt a child program, adopt a family, 85-cents of every dollar we collect goes back to the end user."

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