Salvation Army ‘Red Kettle’ Donations Down

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago area donations to the The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign are down 13 percent over last year.

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At the same time, the continued weak economy has increase demand for aid, even in more traditionally affluent areas, says Maj. Greg Thompson.

Thompson said orders for groceries are up 50 percent in Oak Brook Terrace and a stunning 200 percent in Evanston.

The red kettles will go away on Christmas Eve, but people can still make holiday donations online or by mail through January.

  • keith c

    They need to have the bell ringers be a little more friendly and wish people a merry christmas. Now they just stand there most often. Unfourtnately they have to hire people these days.

  • Carol

    If we take the initiative and be friendly first, often, the response is overwhelming…esp if we recognize they are standing in the cold wind…not moving too much….a small chat is really appreciated…I have done this and it works.

  • unknown

    i hate to sound like a scrooge but their bells are SO LOUD that you can hear them in the store! i would love to donate but i would also love to be able to shop without listening to the bells while all the way inside of the store! not only that but they are at almost every major retailer not even an inch from the door, and its overwhelming.

    • george

      Yea, Hunger is annoying isn’t it.

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