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Salvation Army donations dramatically down
Salvation Army donations dramatically down

ATLANTA --  This is the time of year we're used to seeing Salvation Army volunteers ringing their bells and accepting donations. This holiday season, however, their red kettles are turning up low.

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As of Dec. 15, the charitable organization had only met 34 percent of their yearly goal. The Salvation Army said part of the dip may be due to "slow delivery of mail by the post office," but there's no denying the drop in donations. 

The shortfall will be felt across the region.

This year alone, the Salvation Army has provided over 139,000 meals to the homeless and given 43,000 metro Atlanta families financial assistance for food and shelter. 

Next year's need is expected to be even greater.

“It will be very difficult to meet these needs if we don’t meet our goal," said Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Area Commander Major Marshall Gesner said in a statement. "Our centers are flooded with calls every day for help with food, shelter and clothing,”

Organizations, communities and individuals can help the Salvation Army and their mission by donating in several ways. You can call 404-486-2900 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or donate online at www.salvationarmyatlanta.org. Of course you can also give when you see the red kettle.