Salvation Army in Charleston, WV says Christmas donations are down
The Salvation Army in Charleston helps Roane, Clay, Putnam, and Kanawha Counties.
CHARLESTON, WV -
Christmas donations are down for the Salvation Army, according to Major Darrell Kingsbury, Charleston Area Commander.
The non-profit organization said its total Christmas income is down more than $35,000 from this time last year. "We can't put our finger on any one thing or even a group of things that really account for the decline in donations this year," he said.
Kingsbury said the organization has also seen fewer volunteers this year. Peggy Slater and Eugenia Campbell said without them, there's no one to ring the bells and collect the money.
"Some kids won't have a Christmas unless we do the right thing to help them," Campbell said.
Slater is hopeful they will be able to meet their goal by the end of the week.
"Hopefully, we can pull off what we need to pull off before the week is up," she said.
Kingsbury said for every $1 you donate, 82 cents goes directly towards families and those who need it. The remaining 18 cents goes to the organization's overhead costs like salaries and utilities.
Groups and individuals who would like to be a bell ringer at one of the locations can call 304-343-4548.
Without donations from people in the community, the organization said it will struggle to help families with rent, mortgage payments, utility bills, and clothing in January and February.