“We need the public’s help to make up this shortfall,” said Lt. Colonel Lonneal Richardson, leader of The Salvation Army Northern Division. “If we don’t, we risk having to make difficult decisions about cutting back on the programs and services we offer.”
At this time last year, $5.3 million was donated in outstate areas of Minnesota and across North Dakota. Donations so far this year sit at $4.5 million, an $800,000 decline.
Donations in the Twin Cities are down as well – $1.5 million in Minneapolis, St. Paul and their surrounding suburbs. That’s a total decline of $2.3 million across Minnesota and North Dakota.
The Twin Cities Salvation Army hopes to raise $11.6 million by December 31, 2016.
For every hour a volunteer bell rings, an average of $30 is donated to a kettle. Five bell ringing days remain and it’s not too late to sign up to bell ring or donate. Every contribution helps.
The red kettles will be on the streets until Saturday, Dec. 24, but donations can be given to the Christmas Campaign online or via mail through Dec. 31.