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Red Kettle Collections Nosedive

The Salvation Army of Asheville distributes toys and food, while facing a holiday hurdle.

"Oh it's wonderful," says mother Morgan Kresge of Asheville. "I've had a very rough year and I'm very very appreciative. "

While the need continues to rise, the Salvation Army says red kettle bell ringers have brought in far less Christmas cash this year.

Less days between Thanksgiving and Christmas are to blame, according to Colonel Ernest Miller.
"Six fewer days in which we can put the kettles in the mall to collect the money. And we're down between twenty and $30,000," Miller explains.

Salvation Army of Hendersonville Captain Chris Thornhill says the their donation drop is close to $25,000.

"But it's not because of the giving nature of our community, they've helped us make up a lot," Thornhill says. "Some of the shortfall, it's a calendar issue this year. "


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