- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Salvation Army has raised nearly $1.8 million in donations to its red kettles in Milwaukee County, down $65,000 compared to this time last year.

The charity says it’s trying to raise $3.8 million to fund more than 80 programs and services in the area.

Divisional commander Dan Jennings says the organization is very concerned that donations are down. He says it needs additional volunteer bell ringers and donations to keep the programs and services operating for families in need.

Spokeswoman Faithe Colas says she doesn’t think people are necessarily giving less. She says a later Thanksgiving this year meant a later start for red kettles and bell ringers, which might have delayed donations.

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