MARQUETTE — In 2017, The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign raised $96,182 , but this year donations are down 11% from this time last year.
The Salvation Army has seen a 40% increase in the number of food baskets distributed, and a 15% increase in the number of meals served at their two locations.
They have had a couple of missed days of bell ringing due to the weather, but more significantly they haven’t had as many volunteers that they have had in years past.
“We are down behind our goal because we just don’t have our kettle staffed. Having somebody there, who can help step in. Even if it’s just for a 2 hour window to help us ring, that’s critically important. As you are passing the red kettle if you wouldn’t mind putting an extra buck in , that would really help us towards our goal,” said Doug Winters, Captain.
Their goal is to get 5% more than they did last year, due to the significant increase and need for their services.
They are looking for the community to step in and help them bell ring and meet their goal
For people who are interested in ringing some bells or donating: