Salvation Army short on bell ringers
The annual Salvation Army of Champaign County Red Kettle Campaign has less than two weeks left, and local officials said they're short on the number of bell ringers that are needed each day.
Salvation Army Major Tom McDowell said there are 22 different stores where bell ringers are needed in the county, with a total of 28 red kettle stands.
McDowell said that people from several area organizations and others from the community are braving the frigid weather to volunteer their time. But he said there are so many hours and spots to fill.
McDowell added that the cold weather is also lowering the foot traffic to stores, which lowers the number of potential donors. He said around $210,000 has been donated so far toward the overall goal of $428,000. That's about $25,000 dollars behind last year's pace.
The red kettle campaign comes to a close on the afternoon of Christmas Eve. You can can also mail your donation to P.O. Box 618 Champaign, IL 68124.