Salvation Army bell ringers strike gold

Bristol Salvation Army thousands short of red kettle goal

That is because the Salvation Army's Christmas Family Feast is on Christmas Day. This year's kettle goal is $700,000.

"There are a lot of programs that we run that are exclusively dependent on the money that comes into the kettles", Wood said.

Money raised through kettle donations funds their social services programs throughout the year.

"We're asking people to help The Salvation Army, they do incredible work in this state, you know, whenever we need them not just the holiday season, you need them, you call them and they are there", said Mayor Walsh.

So far this year, red kettle donation collectors have netted $17,336.

Additionally, someone recently gave The Salvation Army an impressive coin collection worth $1,500.




Because Kmart was a hot spot for donations, Hughes said the bell-ringers started a week early this year to try and make up for the loss. "We can't do this without volunteers, there is just no way", Stewart said. Then all families that apply through that process, we provide Christmas dinner, and those that have children 12 and under, we put them on an Angel Tree or we facilitate adoptions of those angels.

The state as a whole is down 11 percent compared to a year ago, the Kettles specifically are down 11 percent. For the second time in three days, a gold coin was donated.

"They don't ask for themselves, but to give to others", O'Mara said.

Recently, two $2,000 checks were dropped into two different kettles in Moses Lake.

Stewart said volunteers - both individuals and businesses - made the initiative possible this year.

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