Late start puts extra burden on Salvation Army bell ringers - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Late start puts extra burden on Salvation Army bell ringers


The Salvation Army kettle bell ringers are out in all 28 locations for the first time this holiday season.

But they have hit a bit of a snag this year with less days to go before Christmas.

Community Relations Director Justin Eatherly says with the Thanksgiving holiday being so late in the year this year, they need donations more than ever.

"We kicked off our kettles last week on Thursday and we went out to eight locations. At those locations, we raised about $2,000 total each day. Now we're at all 28 locations starting today all the way until Christmas Eve. We need those locations to put out between eight at nine thousand dollars a day if we want to meet our goal," Eatherly said.

The Salvation Army's fundraising goal this year is $225,000. That's $25,000 less than last year. Eatherly says they lowered their target number because of the late holiday and they were $30,000 short of their $250,000 objective in 2012.

"We may have problems reaching that goal with a lack of bell ringing days due to Thanksgiving falling on the last week of November," Eatherly said.

You can find the red kettles at all Walmart, United, P.C. Penney, Dillard's, Hobby Lobby, Walgreens, and Big Lots locations from now until December 24.

You can learn more or donate online at the Salvation Army Lubbock web page.

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