SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Christmas Eve is the last day you’ll see Salvation Army bell ringers outside your favorite stores.
Since Black Friday they’ve been out raising money for the organization, but numbers show they’re nowhere near their holiday goal. This year’s Red Kettle Campaign goal for this year was $250,000.
However, the organization is short $120,000
“The weather has been our biggest enemy this season,” said Corps Officer, Major Ray Morton. “It’s really hurt the donations that come in at the kettle.”
That money goes towards funding things like their Boys and Girls Club, feeding and housing people at the Merkle Center of Hope, providing after school programs for youth, and other programs that help families get back on their feet.
“As we look at our budget and try to figure out the programs, we’re trying to keep families off the street, give kids a safe place to go, (and) keep adult men and women off the street,” Morton said.
If they don’t meet their goal they will have to sit down and start restructuring their budget for the new year.
People can drop off donations at kettle locations across the Shreveport-Bossier City area all day Monday.