Castle said for each dollar The Salvation Army receives, 84 percent goes to the charities it supports.
Proctor said the money raised from the red kettle campaign helps the community throughout the year.
“One thing we say here is that need has no season,” Proctor said.
To help increase donations, The Salvation Army has created a “virtual red kettle” so people can donate online at www.christmaskettle.com.
Bell ringers accept checks, cash and credit cards with card swiping devices on volunteer's iPhones in each participating community.
Castle said bell ringers try their own methods of increasing donations such as giving out candy canes and dressing up as Santa Claus.
She said even with donations being low she is surprised by the generosity she sees from the community.
“The other day I had a grandmother, daughter, and granddaughter stop by and donate. Three generations. They said it was a family tradition,” she said.
“I am always surprised by the people who donate. Sometimes people you would think need the money stop to give it. I hope we'll raise the money but there's no way to tell yet. This is God's work, we're just the hands and feet of that work,” she said.
Castle said while bell ringers will accept donations until Dec. 24, people can donate online anytime.
“Every nickel, dime and quarter helps. Many hands make work light,” she said.
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To help increase donations, The Salvation Army has created a “virtual red kettle” so people can donate online at www.