NILES, Ohio (WYTV) – The Salvation Army uses its red kettle campaign as its largest fundraising campaign of the year.
But this year, the bell ringers’ collections are coming up a bit short.
“We are running about $17,000, $18,000 behind. But we are hoping for the generous support of the community. They always come through for us,” Salvation Army Major Elijah Kahn said.
Kahn said that generosity might be because of how active the Salvation Army is in the local community.
“Every penny, every dollar that is raised stays right here in the community to help in the various activities and programs that are undertaken by the Salvation Army,” Kahn said.
Bell ringers said their job is rewarding, and many come back year after year.
“It helps us in providing for our Christmas and then it helps needy families at the holidays. So it serves two purposes,” bell ringer John Gearhart said.
One local donor dropped a pure gold coin into a kettle in Austintown this week.
“The donor did not leave a name or address. It was done anonymously. And we were quite surprised, pleasantly, and quite relieved to see that gold coin,” Kahn said.
The coin was appraised and sold for $1,200.
The campaign is almost over for the year.
“The campaign ends today. But friends and supporters can still send donations to the Salvation Army,” Kahn said.
Donations can be sent to either the Youngstown branch at 1501 Glenwood Ave., Youngstown, OH 44511, or the Warren branch at 270 Franklin St. S.E., Warren, OH 44483.