Late holiday takes bite out of fund drive
Longview — While the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign doesn’t officially kick into high gear until Friday, bell ringers have been out at a few select locations for the past several days, said Major Ernest Lozano, commanding officer at the nonprofit organization’s post in Longview.
The Red Kettle Campaign is the agency’s largest national fundraiser and helps to provide the money necessary to operate the Salvation Army year round, he said.
However, the late date for Thanksgiving this year has cut down on the number of days bell ringers would typically be out. The Salvation Army begins setting up its Red Kettles out on the Friday before Thanksgiving at locations that will allow it, but many corporations set the starting date as the day after Thanksgiving, he said.
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