Salvation Army's kettle campaign far from 2010 goal

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - "Well the Salvation Army has been ringing bells now for over 100 years," said Captain Mark Boatman at the Salvation Army.

There is a rich history for the kettle campaign in Region 8 as well.

Last year, the Salvation Army raised 102 thousand," said Captain Boatman.

This year, Captain Mark Boatman says they're increasing their goal for the kettle campaign to 125 thousand dollars.

"A lot of it has to do with the increase in cost of food, increase in utilities and so forth," said Captain Boatman.

Monies raised through the campaign do help fund Christmas projects  like Angel Tree and food boxes, but it also helps fund day to day, year round services the Salvation Army provides.

"The increase goal was due to the increase needs in our communities," said Captain Boatman.

The local kettle campaign started on November 18, and Captain Boatman says it has raised about 70 thousand dollars so far.  With less than 2 weeks of ringing left, they are well below their goal.

He attributes much of that to the weather, especially bitter cold temperatures.

He says if they don't reach their goals, they may have to look elsewhere for funding or try another fundraiser.

"We have no desire to cut a service, especially a service that is greatly needed.   However, we will have to maybe find other ways to be able to provide those services," said Captain Boatman.

Boatman says if they can maintain their weekly averages of between 18 and 20 thousand dollars, and make up a little from slower days, they'll come out slightly ahead of last year.

He says they still have their sights set on that 125 thousand dollar goal.

"Sometimes it's just a matter of faith," said Captain Boatman.

Kettles are located at Kroger in Jonesboro, Both Jonesboro Wal-Marts, Wal-Mart in Paragould through Thursday and all next week, K-Mart in Jonesboro, Hobby Lobby in Jonesboro, J.C. Penny in Jonesboro, Dillard's in Jonesboro, Hays on Nettleton in Jonesboro, Harp's in Jonesboro, and Sam's Club in Jonesboro.

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