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Donations Down in Salvation Army Kettle Campaign

By Emily Cassulo
By ecassulo@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. - The Salvation Army said they may be down in donations this year, but they are not worried.

According to officials with the Salvation Army Jackson Corps., donations for their Red Kettle Campaign were about $25,000 down this year, but last year's campaign was $50,000 over the previous year.

To cover the costs, workers said they are not going to spend as much on payroll this year, so they think they will even out.

Donations from the campaign go toward toys for underprivileged children in West Tennessee, and their Angel Tree Program.

"And then after that, we try to make it stretch as far as we can into the year to help us keep our lights on, to pay our employees, but more importantly, to provide programs and services for our community," said Major Jayne Brewster, The Salvation Army, Jackson Corps.

Officials said they usually start the Red Kettle Campaign the week before Thanksgiving, and it runs through Christmas Eve.