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Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign lagging

Credit: WKBW Buffalo
Published on December 18, 2019 - Duration: 02:16s
Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign lagging due to shortened holiday season.
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Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign lagging

TONIGHT AN ANNUALHOLIDAY TRADITION...THAT ENCAPSULATESTHE SPIRIT OF GIVINGIS OFF TO A SLOWSTART..THE SALVATIONARMY'S RED KETTLECAMPAIGN ISSTRUGGLING THISYEAR..BUT A CHRISTMASMIRACLE MAY BE JUSTAROUND THECORNER..7 EYEWITNESS NEWSSENIOR REPORTEREILEEN BUCKLEYTELLS US MORE...THE ICONIC BELLRINGING AND REDKETTLES ARE ASTAPLE AT GROCERYSTORES ANDSHOPPING CENTERSDURING THE HOLIDAYSEASON...BUT THE SALVATIONARMY SAYSDONATIONS ARERUNNING WELLBEHIND LAST YEARAND THAT COULDCREATE DIRECONSEQUENCES FORSERVICES...ANNETTE LOCK.

."BUTTHIS YEAR WE AREFALLINGCONSIDERABLY BEHINDWHERE WE SHOULD BEAT THIS POINT TOREACH OUR GOAL FORTHE YEAR."MAJOR ANNETTE LOCKIS DIRECTOR OFOPERATIONS FOR THESALVATION ARMY INBUFFALO.THE GOAL THISSEASON IS 450-THOUSANDDOLLARS....BUT SOFAR THEY'VE ONLYRAISED ABOUT 62-PERCENT OF THATWITH JUST SIX REDKETTLE DAYS LEFT...THIS YEAR - A LATETHANKSGIVINGSHORTENED THECAMPAIGN...ANNETTE LOCK.

"THATGIVES US SEVERALLESS DAYS.ABOUT AWEEK LESS THAN WENORMALLY WOULDHAVE TO BE ABLE TOCOLLECT.THAT HASAN EFFECT ON WHATWE CAN DO."THIS RED KETTLE SITEAT THE TOPS ONNIAGARA STREET INBUFFALO IS ONE OFABOUT 75-KETTLESTANDS IN ERIECOUNTY...LOCK'SHUSBAND...MAJORJOHN LOCK SERVESAS ASSOCIATEDIRECTOR OFOPERATIONS...HE SAYS DONATIONSPLACED IN THESE REDKETTLES ARECRUCIAL TO MANYSALVATION ARMYPROGRAMS...MAJOR JOHN LOCK."WE HAVE TYPICALFEEDINGPROGRAMS.A SENIORPROGRAM.WE HAVEAFTER SCHOOLPROGRAMS.WE RUN AHOMELESS SHELTER.WE HAVEEMPLOYMENTSERVICES."NEW THIS SEASON --THE SALVATION ARMYADDED ELECTRONICGIVING THROUGHGOOGLE OR APPLEPAY....YOU CAN USE YOURPHONE TO GIVE...BUTTHAT'S NOT GAININGMUCH TRACTION SOFAR...MAJOR JOHN LOCK.

'WEHAVEN'T SEEN THEKIND OF THE RESULTSWE WOULD LIKE TOSEE FOR THAT YET."BUT EVEN WITH WORDOF LOWER KETTLEDONATIONS -- THEREWAS CERTAINLY AGIVING SPIRIT AMONGTHESE WEST SIDESHOPPERS...EILEEN BUCKLEY.

"THESALVATION ARMY'S REDKETTLE CAMPAIGN HASBEEN A TRADITION FOROVER 100-YEARS ANDNOW THEY'RECOUNTING ON YOUTHE COMMUNITY FORHELP.IN BUFFALO -EILEEN BUCKLEY, 7EYEWITNESS NEWS."

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