Collecting donations has been a struggle this year for several seasonal charities. Two groups that are now in good shape are “Santa for a Senior” and “Coats for Kids.” Both groups have recently met their goal in the last few days, but the “Red Kettle Campaign” is still asking for your help.
"I wish more people would come forward because someone is always in need," said Reggie Holmes, a volunteer bell ringer.
The Salvation Army collects donations in every form year round. Christmas time is where it becomes more challenging.
"There are hundreds maybe thousands in our community for whom Christmas will be another day where they don’t have enough to eat and they have to worry about paying the rent and worry about keeping the heat and the electricity on so that they can live just barely comfortably," said Major Harold Poff, the Salvation Army Coordinator for Allen County.
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There are about 40 volunteer bell ringers in different locations around the county. Larry Freeman has been ringing in the donations for a decade. He says people don’t know that the job is harder than it looks.
"It’s a lot of standing, cold out here. It's real tough,” said Freeman.
Last year donations helped more than ....local families in need. If the goal isn’t met this year, several families could go without a Christmas.
"Many of us are blessed so that we don’t have to worry about those things, and I need those folks to take care of those who do have to worry and who need our help,” said Poff.
If you wish to help out there is less than a week to get those donations into any red kettle around town.