Salvation Army's Red Kettle Donations Are Down

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Both coins need to be authenticated, but they are estimated to be worth between $1,200-$1,300.

The Great Plains Health Foundation presented a $2,700 donation to the local Salvation Army chapter Thursday morning. "Right now, we're sitting at about $12,000 down from last year and by the end of the season, it's looking like we're moving about $15,000 short, and this is our major sources of income for us to be able to provide our services for the year".

"It's really saddening that one of our bell horingers would be out there working day after day for us that's met with hate and punches to the face and kicks to the face", Pavlakis said.

Local Salvation Army Major Edgar George tells Boston 25 News the fundraising goal in MA is set at $3.5 million dollars - the same goal they have had for the past few years, according to a spokesman. "We still have a ways to go toward our goal", Frost said.

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Greater Baton Rouge has suffered a 14 percent decrease in Red Kettle donations in comparison to last year's donations. I think it is a wonderful organization and I don't know what people would do if they didn't give out the things they give out; the toys, food, and everything that helps other people. The Salvation Army says this year's goal is still lacking $100,000 to meet its campaign goal for 2017.

Heading into Friday, the agency says they still need to collect $25,000 to make it. Those numbers include 13.1 million children.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is urging people all over the state to give the kettles a boost if possible.

"We're just hoping that this reminder, and that seeing the folks this money helps, might be some inspiration for folks to help us out", said Judy Regamey, Salvation Army executive director, at the Salvation Army Addictions and Residential Centre.