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B-N Salvation Army falls short of its annual fundraising goal

Salvation Army red kettles
Kristen Wyatt
The Salvation Army in Bloomington-Normal continued to see a decline in its traditional Red Kettle campaign as fewer people responded to bell ringers posted at various places around the community.

The Salvation Army in Bloomington-Normal said Wednesday it fell short of its holiday fundraising campaign goal.

The agency provides services such as the Safe Harbor Homeless Shelter, a food pantry, an emergency assistance program for rent, utility, prescription drug, fuel and clothing help, and a variety of youth programs.

Development Director Angie Bubon said 87% of the agency's $515,000 goal has been raised, or a total of $448,679.

"The Red Kettles continued to see a decrease in funds raised this year due to many on-going factors — consumers carrying less cash, and more online shopping, which means less foot traffic in shopping areas, and the continued economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic," said Bubon.

Donations to the Christmas Campaign will continue to be counted through the end of the year, Bubon said.

WGLT Senior Reporter Charlie Schlenker has spent more than three award-winning decades in radio. He lives in Normal with his family.
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