The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign is drawing to a close. Monday, Christmas Eve, is the last day bell ringers will be out at the kettles seeking donations. With just a day left, the amount of money raised is down significantly from this same time last year by more than $80,000.
The Salvation Army says kettles from Saturday and Sunday have yet to be counted however, and those totals may help the bottom fundraising line.
"Right now we are about 84 thousand dollars behind where we were last year at this same time. We just have Saturday's account of course tomorrow's kettles to do," says Major Charles Deitrick, director of the Rochester Chapter of the Salvation Army.
The Army did manage to get enough bell ringers this year despite an early low-volunteer turnout. Major Deitrick says other area Salvation Army units are having similar problems. The group serves 60,000 people in the Monroe County area annually.
If you would like to donate to the Salvation Army: (585) 987-9500