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Lower Eastern Shore Salvation Army Kettle Donations Falling Short

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SALISBURY, Md.- Salvation Army bell ringer Napoleon Crowe stood outside the Walmart in north Salisbury on Tuesday enjoying a steady stream of spare change and folded up dollar bills being dropped into his red kettle.

"Everybody seems to be very generous, especially when they have kids," said Crowe.  "They always have kids put some money in for them."

Unfortunately for the Salvation Army of the Lower Eastern Shore, that generosity is falling a little short in 2016.  So far donations are down about $8,000 from the same time in 2015. 

"Maybe more people are shopping online, I'm not sure," said Maj. Vic Tidman, commanding officer for the Salvation Army in Salisbury.  "And of course there's always the issue that perhaps people aren't carrying as much cash as they have in the past."

Whatever the reason, Tidman is hoping the donations will start rolling in to help the Army meet its fundraising goal of $260,000.  Tidman says many people are choosing to donate online instead of dropping change into the iconic kettles.  But he doesn't believe that means the red kettles are doomed to extinction.

"I think people can look forward to seeing the red kettles for many years to come," said Tidman.

Tidman said people can also text the word GIVE to 410-202-0995 for a link to how to donate to the local chapter.

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