Salvation Army shows decline in major holiday campaigns

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by Alex Schuman

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 8, 2013 at 11:50 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 9 at 12:44 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Louisville’s Salvation Army is behind previous years in donations for both its big campaigns.

“We’re a little concerned about the large number of unadopted angels and of course the decline in the kettle donations,” Maj. Michael Howley of Louisville’s Salvation Army said.

They had 11,000 kids make out a list for their Angel Tree adoption, and their goal for the kettle drive this year was to raise 365,000 dollars.

Howley estimates around 4,000 lists have yet to be filled and they are behind 30,000 dollars in donations this year.

Howley partly blames the weather, and aims to try to make up the difference by trying a new tactic for our local Salvation Army.

The Louisville Salvation Army plans to set up Angel Tree adoption tables in select Walmarts next week.

"We're hoping to man them to continue to give people the opportunity to adopt a child,” Howley said.

Gifts will start to be distributed after next week, but kettles will be out until Dec. 24th to collect donations.

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