- Associated Press - Saturday, December 5, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Fewer bell ringers mean the Salvation Army is down $20,000 in Salt Lake Valley donations.

The Deseret News reports (https://bit.ly/1IwyIKW) fewer people are unemployed and the economy is rebounding, challenging the charity’s ability to man over 60 red kettles in the state with bell ringers. Troy Trimmer of the Salvation Army’s Salt Lake City chapter said this led to a 15 percent decrease in donations.

Smith’s Marketplace is allowing employees to ring bells, collectively putting in over 1,000 hours. This reduced the Salvation Army’s staffing costs by about $9,000.

Trimmer says more than half the donations collected during bell-ringing season support programs year-round. He said anyone who wants to volunteer can contact the charity online.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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