As a Salvation Army captain continues standing in the cold to raise money in Princeton, Indiana, the Salvation Army in Owensboro is looking for more to ring the bell.
Officials say they’re short on man power at a crucial time for their fundraising.
Brett Charney spent a part of his Thursday standing by the kettle. Collecting donations from those with warm hearts.
“It’s just a chance to give back. It’s the holiday season,” he says. “There’s a lot of people that are less fortunate than us. They can use the help.”
But this year, volunteers like Brett are harder to find at the 22 kettles the salvation army runs across Owensboro, mostly on weekdays or at night.
“We’ve had people from our church come in and cover spots,” says Capt. Lorraina Crawford of the Salvation Army in Owensboro. “I’ve had my own kids cover spots. My husband has gone out and rang several times. We’re just trying to do whatever we can.”
She says the shortage of volunteers here across the city comes at a time when they face a shortfall in their fundraising. Capt. Crawford says they’re several thousand dollars short in their fundraising goal for this year, which can lead to less resources for those they help.
“If there’s not a person there and we’re not able to collect donations, then our donations will be down,” adds Capt. Crawford. “That has an effect on us the rest of the year because we’re not able to provide the services for the people in the community.”
“It just instills a sense of giving back to the community. It gives them a chance to take a look at their life and see if they’ve got some opportunity to help others out,” says Charney.
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