Salvation Army sees donations drop due to fewer days

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - With just a little over a week until Christmas, the Salvation Army continues work to raise money for those in need and this year, they said donations have been down.

Like for most charitable groups, the short turn-around between Thanksgiving and Christmas is making serving those most in need harder than in past years.

"This is a caring community, said Major Stephen Long with the Salvation Army. "If you're out there officially like the Salvation Army is ringing those bells, people are going to respond to it in a positive way and they have. But, we've started late and so, we have shorter number of days."

Long added collections in the Baton Rouge area are behind about 15 percent to 18 percent this year. Red kettle donations are down 20 percent to 40 percent in other cities and states.

He said he's confident, though, that over the next few days between now and Christmas, the Baton Rouge community will do its part at the kettles outside area stores and through Angel Tree donations.

Keep an eye out for those bell ringers over the next week and there are still plenty of angels to be sponsored.

Call 355-4483 if you have any questions.

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