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Published December 10, 2010, 03:36 PM

Salvation Army Bell Ringing Campaign Off To Slow Start

Whether it's the poor economy, fewer volunteers or both. The Salvation Army nationally is struggling to raise money. That's also the case locally, where volunteers have seen fewer donations through bell ringing from last year.

Whether it's the poor economy, fewer volunteers or both, the Salvation Army nationally is struggling to raise money. That's also the case locally, where volunteers have seen fewer donations through bell ringing from last year.

As we near Christmas, there is a little more ringing in your ears. The Salvation Army Bell Ringing Campaign is in full ring. The organization is trying to raise $240,000 this season for those in need.

"We are running slightly behind last year. It's beginning to pick up now that Christmas is closer and people are responding, we have had community support," said Maj. Harold Baugh with the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army has raised $50,000 since November 19th, but volunteers remain hopeful they'll reach the goal.

"I think people realize that there are a lot of people in need with the economy being what it is," said volunteer bell ringer Carol Wagner.

"The needs continues to grow, and with inflation there is a greater need for more dollars we would hope in General the Salvation Army would have an increase in their income every year," said Paul Fladland a volunteer bell ringer.

This holiday season the Salvation Army is helping 400 families and 1 thousand children. But the financial help for needy families doesn't stop after the holidays.

"We do this every day of the year people are coming into the salvation Army for help with their rent, utilities and food and other crisis situations in the family," said Baugh.

The Bell Ringing Fundraiser ends noon on Christmas Eve.

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