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Salvation Army's red kettles short on donations

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  The Salvation Army's Red Kettles are a lot lighter than they'd like them to be.

While bell ringers continue to raise awareness, many people in Dougherty County have been passing the kettles by. Donations are down 20 percent from last year, while the need continues to grow. Last year along the Salvation Army helped 33,000 people with a meal, 8,500 nights of stay in their shelter and the need hasn't let up.

"We're seeing more people for Christmas we're seeing more people just involved in all different kinds of projects, we're seeing more and more people coming to the Salvation Army for assistance," said Captain Doug McClure, Salvation Army-Albany.

"It's not just homeless people coming in for meals each day, it's people who still have jobs who are just struggling to make the ends meet," said Rick Wagner, Wagner's BBQ.

The Salvation Army is making it easier to donate by texting a donation to the nationwide number that you see here on the screen. All donations made locally, stay locally and 80 percent of each dollar donated goes into services provided.

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