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The Director of Development, Bill Horrell, said other Salvation Army organizations across the country are seeing the same trend in lower donations. That figure was almost $20,000 in early December.

Judy Watson picked up two bikes for her grandchildren and said the giveaway was a wonderful thing.

"We'd have to buy individual machines for each kettle stand".

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You could see the Christmas spirit in the eyes of many local families as they collected the presents donated specifically for their children from the Salvation Army Monday. Carter said the programs that they offer are all funded through the Red Kettle drive, their biggest fundraiser, from the after-school program to the emergency food pantry.

The problem may be a lack of bell ringers, and for them I say a couple hours away from holiday festivities is a small price. "We've got many kettle times open that we don't have volunteers to fill them". They sent people out to shop for last minute gifts, and they're asking for last minute help.

If you'd like to donate money or items you can go to the Salvation Army Headquarters on South Washington in Bismarck.

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Holland said she's optimistic the kettle campaign will reach its goal.

Anyone wishing to volunteer with a kettle is asked to contact co-ordinator Amy Rivait at 519-354-1430.

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