AUDIO: Kettle campaign behind schedule

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Dec 4, 2013 at 9:39 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) The St. Cloud Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign has some catching up to do if it hopes to reach this year's fundraising goal. 

Community Development Director Jim Muellenbach says the campaign is running about $15,000 dollars behind where they were at this time last year, when the goal was $219,000. He says there are a couple of reasons for that. First, Thanksgiving was later on the calendar this year, and he says many bells are not set up at stores until after Thanksgiving so they lost a lot of ringing time.

Secondly, Muellenbach says they could use, "a lot more volunteers." He says an unattended kettle," won't take in much" compared to a kettle that is staffed with a volunteer.  He says the money helps them, "get through the end of the year."

This year, the Salvation Army hopes to take in around $225,000 during the Kettle Campaign. Volunteers interested in donating an hour or two to staff a kettle location should call Shannon at 257-7437

Muellenbach says there are a couple of reasons the kettle campaign is off to a slow start

Muellenbach says money from the kettles helps them get through the end of the year

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