BANGOR – The Salvation Army finished its Red Kettle Campaign Tuesday but that does not mean the need for donations has ended.
Shoppers who stopped by Hobby Lobby Tuesday morning probably saw Lucien Michaud, a bell ringer for the the Salvation Army Bangor Citadel Corps’ Red Kettle Campaign.
“Have a good day, Sir. Merry Christmas to you,” Michaud said to a customer walking by.
“I love the children, letting them ring the bell,” said Michaud, who has been ringing the bell for six years.
Michaud said it is the meaning behind the bell that keeps him coming back.
“It makes me feel good, but I feel sorry because the campaign lost out a lot this year. It lost six days because of the calendar,” he said.
Salvation Army Capt. Rebecca Kirk said that, on top of some of the big box stores closing, is why the campaign will fall about $10,000 short of its $144,000 goal.
“We’re kind of looking at this difference and thinking we really need to make this up somewhere else,” Kirk said.
Possible solutions could include the Salvation Army’s Need Knows No Season breakfast fundraiser in the spring and a national push to make monthly contributions.
“We’ve talked about 3,800 meals out of this building every month and so having monthly gifts that we can depend on will really help us to know we’ll be able to buy that food or assist with the heat or help that mother when she comes in and is in crisis,” Kirk said.
The Red Kettle Campaign ended on Christmas Eve but there is always a need for donations.