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Salvation Army in York County well below fundraising goal

Updated: Monday, December 23 2013, 06:47 PM CST
Reported by: Christina Butler

YORK -- One of the area's most well-known holiday drives is thousands and thousands of dollars away from its fundraising goal.

The Salvation Army of York County set a goal of $240,000 this year, but so far has only collected $188,000. Last year, it collected $221,000.
George Lenkner, business manager for the Salvation Army of York County, says there are a number of factors that could be contributing to this.

"We had five fewer calendar days for shopping between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. Also, more people are doing their shopping online, away from malls and kettles," he said.

Lenkner added that not as many people carry cash around with them anymore because of credit or debit card options.

Money from the kettle drive stays in York County. It is used to help with food donations, utility bills, and other family needs.     

Lenkner says that for the first time this year in many years, they have not received any gold coins in the kettles.

"That hasn't happened in a long time, many years," he said. "We still have a few more hours so maybe it will come to us on Christmas Eve."

Kettle ringers will be out at stores until 8 p.m. Monday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday.Salvation Army in York County well below fundraising goal

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