The Salvation Army of Bloomington ‘just’ misses bell-ringing goal
BLOOMINGTON (25 News Now) - The Salvation Army of Bloomington says they just missed their bell-ringing campaign goal of $600,000.
The organization raised $135,572 from the ubiquitous red kettles, along with $437,101 from mail-in donations and online giving for a total of $572,673 - short $27,327.
The organization says the kettles have continued to see a decline in funds raised as consumers have changed how they shop – doing more shopping online and carrying less cash.
They also acknowledge several days of severe weather causing a shortage in bell ringers.
“We are grateful to the many generous friends in this region who heard and responded to the needs,” Major Daniel Leisher, Corps Officer for The Salvation Army in McLean County, said. “I would certainly call The Salvation Army’s Campaign here in McLean County a success! We came close enough that we are hoping no change to services will be needed; however, this will require further evaluation. Early in the campaign, we had a measure of uncertainty - yet many in our region rose to the challenge and
The Bloomington Fire Department was honored as the top volunteer bell-ringing group - bringing in over $4,600.
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