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With Donations Down In Danbury Area, Salvation Army Keeps Ringing The Bell

State Reps. Stephen Harding and Michael McLachlan ring the bells for the Salvation Army in Danbury.
State Reps. Stephen Harding and Michael McLachlan ring the bells for the Salvation Army in Danbury. Photo Credit: Contributed

DANBURY, Conn. -- Warm weather is being linked to the decline in donations for The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign in Danbury.

This winter has seen temperatures well above average, feeling more like spring than winter. Online shopping impacts foot traffic, and fewer people are carrying cash, said Maj. David Champlin, divisional commander for The Salvation Army in southern New England.

This year's goal of $2 million is far behind schedule with only $919,886.68, raised to date, leaving over $1 million to be raised in less than a week, he added.

Kettle income supports a variety of programs and services in Danbury, including community emergency assistance, The Right Place school readiness program and family center, holiday assistance and youth camp. 

“We are thankful for the generosity and support of the residents of Connecticut and to all those who support us year after year. Funds raised locally stay local, helping us to provide for our neighbors in need. At The Salvation Army, 82 cents of every dollar that is donated goes back to programs that serve the hungry, homeless, frail and lonely. The money raised not only helps during Christmas and Thanksgiving but also sustains vital programs and services throughout the year. When you hear the bell and you see a Red Kettle, please be as generous as you can be," Champlin said.

 Nationally, more than 30 million Americans are served by The Salvation Army each year. For more information, visit

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