ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Are you planning to hit the stores for some big discounts Friday morning? If so, bring your spare change.
The Red Kettle Campaign for the Salvation Army just kicked off last week, and already the Albany chapter is down $1500 from what they had collected at this point last year. Capt. Doug McClure says he realizes lots of people use credit and debit cards to shop, but asks them to remember the Salvation Army as they walk out the door.
He said, "Just have a couple of dollars in your pocket or have some change out of your purse. We take checks, I'm very flexible. If you don't have the money, you can always send it by the office later, but I mean, just have a couple of dollars in your pocket. Stick it in the kettle, smile at the person ringing the bell and let's just enjoy the season together."
For the year, the Salvation Army in Albany has seen about a 20% drop in overall donations. The red kettle campaign is the largest fundraiser for the organization, and they rely on donations to continue serving those in need.