Salvation army: less bell ringers equals less money in 2011

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - There are only a few days left to contribute to the Salvation Army kettles around Jonesboro and Paragould.

Major Eugene Gesner told Region 8 News that they're down about $6,000 in donations this year. Major Gesner attributed that loss in donations to a lack of bell ringers, which he said results in buckets not going out.

"Normally we would like to have 12 out each day. We're down to eight today," Gesner said. "Every one that is not out that means one place we're not collecting and that can $150 - $200 per location."

Gesner said the main reason the kettles aren't out is because of personnel issues.

"One of the problems we've had is to keep them out. We've not had the most dependable group of workers. We've had a couple of great weekends with volunteers in the last two weeks.

The kettles will be out until about 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

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