Salvation Army still thousands of dollars behind goals for the year


    Christmas is right around the corner, and volunteers for the Salvation Army are still searching for shoppers in the spirit of giving. (WGME)

    PORTLAND (WGME) – Christmas is right around the corner, and volunteers for the Salvation Army are still searching for shoppers in the spirit of giving.

    Over the years, the Salvation Army has seen a gradual decline because of the digital era, but they say they’re not going to let that affect their mission to transform lives.

    The nonprofit hopes to raise nearly $800,000 this year, but several facilities across the state are desperate for donations.

    Such as the Bangor location, more than $10,000 behind its goal.

    “It's becoming a cashless society and if you don't have the change in your pocket then people won't put money in the kettle,” Mark Mackneer of Northern New England Salvation Army said.

    Mackneer says it's not unusual for funds to be low around this time.

    Typically, it's the last weekend before Christmas when most of the money is raised.

    And workers say the red kettle campaign goes beyond the bells and toys donated.

    If you don’t see a red kettle, you have the option to text to give, donate online or give right at your local Salvation Army.

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