Salvation Army bell ringers in a crunch with fewer holiday shopping days

Posted at 1:30 PM, Dec 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-05 15:30:11-05

BOISE, Idaho — Six fewer holiday shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year means the Salvation Army bell ringers you see outside retail centers in the Boise area have fewer days to raise funds.

So far this season, The Salvation Army Red Kettles in Ada County have raised over $50,000 -- with still $200,000 needed to meet the goal of $250,000.

“This year, with fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, it makes it more challenging to raise the funds we need to help our neighbors,” says Major Michael Halverson of The Salvation Army Boise Corps.

On average, just sixty minutes of red kettle bell-ringing yields enough in donations to feed thirteen people.

Red Kettle donations help make Christmas possible for local needy families. Your donation supports the Salvation Army’s Christmas family assistance programs, year-round assistance for low-income families and individuals, food pantries, youth programs, summer camps, character-building classes, homeless assistance, veterans’ programs, seniors’ assistance, case management, counseling.

The Salvation Army will continue bell ringing up to Christmas Eve, in an effort to reach its goal.