Maui County Red Kettle donations down 35 percent

Donations for the Salvation Army’s Christmas Red Kettle campaign have declined 30 percent statewide and are down 35 percent in Maui County, according to Maj. John Chamness, the group’s divisional commander.

As of Dec. 9, Maui County’s tally was around $34,000, and the state’s total was $371,451, Chamness said.

Approximately $985,000 was raised in Red Kettle donations in 2012.

“We’re concerned about the slow collections so far this year and how this will impact our ability to help those who are hurting here in Hawaii,” Chamness said. “We encourage everyone to remember their neighbors in need when they see a Salvation Army bell ringer in our communities during the next few weeks and be as generous as they can to help.”

One challenge this year is that there are five fewer days this holiday season between Thanksgiving and Christmas. That equates to approximately $20 million less in donations to The Salvation Army nationwide, and the impact also is being felt in Hawaii, the Salvation Army said.

Kettle gifts remain in Hawaii and help provide meals and shelter for families in need, Christmas toys for children and many other services throughout the year. More than 135,000 people were assisted in Hawaii last year by the Salvation Army’s outreach, the agency said.

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