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Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign donations down, need help

The Jamestown Salvation Army Christmas fundraising goal for 2015 is $156,000, but that goal may not be reached as donations are down compared to last year.

The Jamestown Salvation Army Christmas fundraising goal for 2015 is $156,000, but that goal may not be reached as donations are down compared to last year.

Maj. Tim Nauta, commander of the Jamestown Salvation Army, said while the donation news is better than it was a week ago, when donations were down 30 percent as compared to last year, donations are still down this week by 22.5 percent.

"The news is better this week, but overall we are down and we have a long way to go," Nauta said.

The Christmas fundraising effort is broken down into two main areas: the Red Kettle Campaign and the other components including a mail campaign and other donations.

"So far we've collected $26,000 in our Red Kettle Campaign," he said. "We need to hit $71,000 by Christmas Eve."

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Nauta said the Salvation Army is still looking for volunteers to ring the bells at Red Kettle locations around Jamestown. He said this weekend there will be a big push for Red Kettle donations.

"We have donors who will match every donation made in the kettles this Friday and Saturday in Jamestown," Nauta said. The donors will match donations up to at least $2,500.

Nauta said when he says donations are down 22.5 percent as compared to last year, people need to keep in mind that donations were down last year as well.

"We are down even more than last year," he said.

Nauta said he doesn't think the goal of $156,000 is unrealistic, given it was the same goal as last year. He said there will be radio remote broadcasts from Red Kettle locations this weekend as well.

The Red Kettles will be out until 4 p.m. Christmas Eve. Nauta said he has tried to determine why donations are down this year, but he hasn't been able to find any main cause.

"We need some traction in giving and any help is needed," he said.

Anyone wanting to volunteer to man a Red Kettle may call the Salvation Army Jamestown office at 252-0290. To make a donation online, go to salvationarmynorth.org/community/jamestown. People who don't carry cash with them can drop a check made out to the Salvation Army in any red kettle.

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