BANGOR- As the holiday season starts to get underway, Salvation Army officials are concerned about their annual Red Kettle Campaign.
It’s the season of giving so volunteers from the Salvation Army spent Thursday morning serving food during their free Thanksgiving feast.
But while the feast was a success, Salvation Army officials remained concerned for their upcoming Red Kettle Campaign.
They said a number of circumstances could potentially affect how much money can be raised.
“Because Thanksgiving is so late, we have a lot less opportunity to have the kettles out. For most people they give when they see a kettle and so us not being able to have kettles out, it reduces the amount of times that people are giving,” said Rebecca Kirk, captain of Salvation Army of Bangor.
Other issues include people not having cash on them as well as store closings in the Bangor Mall and at other locations where one would normally see the red kettles.
“When the mall started to lose stores, we lost about $30,000 that we fundraised from those locations, not just the mall but a few other places have closed as well. So we’ve had to really try to be proactive in the places we’re still able to stand,” Kirk said.
She did mention some solutions they came up with — including adding Apple Pay and Google Pay — to their kettle stands and directing more people to their website to donate.
“Our goal is to raise $144,000 by Christmas Eve. This is funding that is not just going to help us right now, but it’s what we use to assist people to keep their heat on during the winter months, it’s how we keep our feeding programs going, not just our soup kitchens but our food pantry. This really is the highest priority for us when we think of our overall funding,” she said.