The Salvation Army’s donations for the red cauldron have decreased this year due to the lack of bells

STOCKTON, Calif. (KTXL) – A shortage of bells is having an impact on the Salvation Army as donations have declined this year.

Jack Ignatowicz is a bell ringer in the Bel Air in the Pocket neighborhood of Sacramento.

“Our club has been doing this at this location for about 10 years,” Ignatowicz told FOX40. “It’s kind of our tradition.”

The bells are still ringing, but donations for the campaign have calmed down.

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Salvation Army major Rio Ray said donations are not coming in as fast as they have been in years.

“There are a lot of reasons for that,” explained Ray. “So COVID, we had fewer people out there, but people were more generous so it kind of balanced out. I think there is a lot of fear this year. “

Ray didn’t address the fear, but the pandemic could be an important factor as families continue to suffer financially and in addition to robberies across the state.

“I think there are a lot of things that people can be scared of right now,” said Ray. “I think everyone has different things on their list.

This year, the Sacramento Salvation Army goal is to raise $ 320,000 to help those in need in the area.

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In just a few weeks, they raised $ 93,000.

People can donate at any red kettle location, or tap or click here to donate through their website.

“Every kettle stands, there is a Google and an Apple payment amount that you can also use to pay,” said Ray.

Ray said everyone can make a difference, big or small.

“I’m sure we’ll be out here next year, no doubt about it,” said Ignatowicz.

Salvation Army Sacramento hopes to achieve its goal by Christmas Eve.

Officials said all donations will remain in Sacramento.

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