Salvation Army needs help to fill kettles with donations

ISHPEMING — The Salvation Army could use some help as it enters the home stretch of the 2014 red kettle campaign.

The Ishpeming Salvation Army still has shifts available at all three locations where volunteers ring bells and collect donations in their kettles. Those are at Jubilee Foods and the Shopko Hometown store in Ishpeming and Super One Foods in Negaunee.

The collection is behind last year’s level.

“Fortunately, we’re getting a bit of a warmer spell; that’s going to help people with their heating budget a little bit,” Capt. Stephen Hansen of the Ishpeming Salvation Army said. “But fuel oil was really expensive last year and there are still some people struggling because they got so far behind last year.”

The red kettle campaign continues through Christmas Eve. All of the money raised stays in the community where it’s collected.