Does Traditional Bell-Ringing Still Work For Salvation Army?

Ann Santiago
December 17, 2017

Police say this woman stole a Salvation Army kettle.

Donations collected in The Salvation Army kettles help support local programs like the Christmas assistance program, year-round food assistance and other social services and youth programs.

The thief's bad behavior inspired Jones to replace the stolen money with a $200 donation.

A little-spirited competition to see who can raise the most money for the Salvation Army has hit the Flathead Valley - the fifth annual Chamber of Commerce challenge.

Michelle Scroggins, director of community relations, says they haven't been seeing a negative impact on donations locally.


For Salvation Army staffers, it confirms what they already knew, that the people of Northwest Pennsylvania would not let families in need down this Christmas.

"Even if you have a dollar, just a dollar, it will mean so much because dollars add up", Jones said. "Your efforts will make Christmas time for many children and families in our community more joyful and happy". Will we be able to meet the year-round needs of the underserved in our neighborhoods?

"There's a lot of wonderful people of all demographics and all ages coming out and volunteers and the volunteers are a cross section of society", said Oakes. "We had an fantastic group of volunteers show up to pack in the shortest amount of time we've ever done it before".

"The Salvation Army is the most wonderful organization in the world", said Windy Swetman Sr.

Inside Westgate Mall, attempting to appeal to shoppers loaded with purchases in the climate-controlled environment, I suspect that many did not take pity on me as the year before. Jolly O' Christmas and tis' the New Year! Right now, however, collections are down 10 percent from past year even though the goal is higher.

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