Salvation Army reports far fewer Christmas 'Red Kettle' donations

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In that spirit, bell ringers like Darrin Shieles with the Salvation Army are ringing their hearts out at area grocery stores to see which city can raise the most money.

Although the program usually runs from a Monday to a Friday, this year there is a break because of the way the holidays fall on the calendar.

The Salvation Army has the largest annual income among British Christian charities, receiving around $280 million a year ago, but in the United States it's the fourth largest, according to reports. The Reno Corps set a $285,000 goal for this year. "Your efforts will make Christmas time for many children and families in our community more joyful and happy".

When the program began earlier this week, organizers gave out 954 food hampers and more than 1,600 bags of toys on the first day alone.

Despite the high number of angel families remaining, Barnette is optimistic. She added the man could be flashing a badge.

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But donations are down in a year that the goal is higher: $390,000. That's not the case this Yule. "It's so important", she said.

"Part of the Kinsmen's motto is serving the communities' greatest need", said president Peter Grace.

The Salvation Army confirmed that a gold 1979 Krugerrand coin was dropped in a kettle at the Walmart on Kietzke Lane in Reno last night.

Groups are always welcome to volunteer, Gonzalez said, and members can take turns manning the kettle.

"One hundred percent of what is collected here in Lincoln County stays in Lincoln county to help folks in need year round", local spokesman Darien Ross, an associate broker with Pinnacle Real Estate, said. Will we be able to meet the year-round needs of the underserved in our neighborhoods?

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