Salvation Army reports far fewer Christmas 'Red Kettle' donations

Salvation Army reports far fewer Christmas 'Red Kettle' donations”

Police say this woman stole a Salvation Army kettle. He said the goal of the campaign is always to spread Christmas cheer.

The Salvation Army's bell ringers and red kettles are as Christmas as Santa Claus but they've hit a major setback this year.

He said:"All three of them are very talented and dedicated members of our band and they take part in many different carol services and events over the Christmas period".

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In that spirit, bell ringers like Darrin Shieles with the Salvation Army are ringing their hearts out at area grocery stores to see which city can raise the most money.

"Even if you have a dollar, just a dollar, it will mean so much because dollars add up", Jones said.

Smith County residents truly made Christmas come alive Friday morning, as families in need gathered for Angel Tree gift distribution. Once basic human needs for food and shelter are met, individuals and families need greater support to help them break the cycle of poverty.

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The shop's Facebook page was littered with hundreds of comments, including many that accused The Salvation Army of discrimination, after it posted about the fundraiser. The program provides new clothing and or toys for families with children. Those are the kids and families the Salvation Army seeks to help at this time of year with their annual hamper and toy giveaway, which resumes Monday at Western Fair District's Progress Building. Gifts were purchased and brought back to the Credit Union where the Salvation Army could then pick up and distribute.

14, the kettle drive has yielded $150,634 with only eight days left to meet this year's goal of $250,000.

He had nothing but praise for the estimated 200 volunteers who will give of their time this season to help those in need.

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