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Every year the Salvation Army in Sioux Empire uses the Red Kettle Campaign to raise money during the holidays, but the extreme cold is threatening this year’s fundraising goal.
The goal this year is to raise $350,000, which will stay here in the Sioux Empire. Major Tom Riggs with the Salvation Army says so far they’re only raised $82,000. It’s quite a decrease from what they normally see this time of year.

It's a ring many of us hear every holiday season. Only this year, it might seem a little faint.

"This is our main way of raising funds. It’s not just through Christmas but throughout the year," said Salvation Army Maj. Tom Riggs.

Usually the Salvation Army has one person ringing that little bell at each red kettle, but that’s not the case this year.

Because of the cold weather, The Salvation Army is having two people per kettle, switching every 30 to 40 minutes to keep warm.

"We are asking them to take more time off between breaks so they won't be endangering themselves," said Riggs.

There are usually about 25 kettles at different locations around town. Since volunteers are teaming up so they can stay warm, there are fewer kettles out.

"Because we have a lack of kettle locations, we are down about $30,000 from last year," said Riggs.

Major Riggs says if they don’t reach the goal, he doesn’t anticipate cutting any programs. It just means they’re going to have a little bit less for some of the things they provide for. Some of those include:  youth programs, meals, transportation, warming centers for homeless and summer camps.

Last year the Salvation Army had bell ringers outside until 8 p.m., but for right now, they are only outside until 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. The red kettles will be out until Christmas Eve.

This year the Salvation Army is accepting donations through text messages.
If interested in donating, go to http://www.usc.salvationarmy.org/usc/www_usc_sioux.nsf/vw-sublinks/3135ABF49F1E992486257C130072995A?openDocument

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