Salvation Army's Red Kettle fundraiser off to slow start

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - A tradition that started 126 years ago, the Salvation Army's red kettles and jingling bells has become an iconic symbol for the Salvation Army's biggest fundraiser of the year.

However, for the Rapid City area, donations are down.According to Salvation Army officials, the Rapid City area is falling short nearly around $7,000 compared to last year's mark.

"Currently we are about 19% behind," said Major Nathan Johnson "With the five percent that we reduced our budget for we are a couple thousand dollars behind to date."

Last year the Salvation Army exceeded it's $160,000 goal for Rapid city by $300, but with the grocery store chain Family Thrift closing two of its locations, the Salvation Army scaled down it's goal by five percent.

"Whenever there is a loss of stores in the community of course it impacts us all, it means there a less stores to have bell ringers out in front of so there is less income," said Major Johnson.