'Tis the season of giving, and the Salvation Army is seeking more help in its Red Kettle Campaign.
Donations are down 13 percent from the $79,000 raised in 2012. Major Jeff Daniels attributes the decrease to both weather and a later Thanksgiving than a year ago. Because of inclement weather, the Salvation Army has been forced to go without bell ringers on some days.
"I am very concerned about the lost kettle days this year and how this will impact our ability to help those hurting," he said. "The red kettles are a symbol of giving, and represent a tradition of caring that is passed down from generation to generation. We're hoping that shoppers will remember their neighbors in need when they see a Salvation Army bell ringer in the community during the coming three weeks, and be as generous as they can be."
Kettle gifts stay in the community where the money is raised and helps provide meal and shelter for families in need. The Salvation Army also says the donations purchase Christmas toys for thousands of children locally, and many other services throughout the year.
Donations can be made where a bell ringer is stationed or online at www.salvationarmyaok.org/ardmore. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 1483, Ardmore or called into 800-SAL-ARMY.