Salvation Army red kettle campaign comes up short, so bell ringers will stay longer

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FLINT (WJRT) (12/27/2017) - The Salvation Army's annual red kettle campaign during the Christmas season came up well short of its goal in Mid-Michigan, so it will be extended.

Bell ringers will remain outside Kroger stores through Friday trying to drum up some additional donations.

As of Monday, only about 65 percent of the $800,000 goal had been raised. The money goes toward various Salvation Army programs to help the community, which may have to be scaled back in 2018 if the goal isn't met.

Development Director Joy Martinbianco called the red kettle the toughest in 36 years.

The Salvation Army had to overcome a shortage of bell ringers and some regular locations that had closed during this year's campaign. Even worse, no bell ringers were out on Christmas Eve, which is traditionally the biggest day of fundraising, because it fell on Sunday.

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