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Salvation Army Donations Fall Short During Holidays

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The Christmas ice storm made holiday shopping seem unbearable, so much that fewer people showed up at stores. When shoppers are too cold to make it out to the malls, the Salvation Army's bell ringers feel the trickle down.

In total, with mail-ins, online and kettle donations, the Greater Lansing Area fell about $15,000 short of its holiday goal. They say it was due to Thanksgiving coming late, people not carrying cash, low foot traffic in stores, the economy still isn't doing well and the ice storm.

 

"It will not significantly affect our programs at all. We'll be able to absorb that through giving, through minor belt tightening and through our bank account reserve funds," said Major Alan Hellstrom, the Salvation Army Capital Area coordinator.

 

"I think that most people who were able to donate and were going to donate, I think they found the time to do that," said Jeff Prisner, the Salvation Army Capital Area practical ministries aid.

The Salvation Army extended their donation deadline through the end of January and was able to make up some of the shortages in other areas. Before, ending donations, they were around $26,000 short. They have since raised a little under $960,000.

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