The local Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign donations are down this year, and the group is asking for the community to step up and chip in.
So far the donations are down by 23%, this could potentially mean a loss of between $10,000 and $30,000 this year.
The money raised during the campaign helps to fund Salvation Army programs throughout the year.
"When they donate...my chest just swells way up," says Charles Turpit. Turpit has volunteered as a Bell Ringer for the past 11 years.
He says he uses techniques like singing, telling jokes, and being friendly to encourage people to donate.
Though he says he volunteers to help the kids in need, he also does it for people like himself who may turn to the Salvation Army for help.
"They gave me a place to stay when I needed a place to stay, they have always brought me back with open arms," says Turpit.
In 2012, The Shreveport Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign raised around $192,000.
You can donate at the Kettles found on street corners, in malls, and at local retailers.
Donations can also be mailed to the office location at 200 East Stoner Avenue.
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