Bells ring, but fewer coins clink for charity



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Salvation Army bell ringer Troy Stone lets 3-year-old Ellie Yordy ring his bell at a Greenwood Kroger store Thursday, Dec. 19. Donations are down from previous years due to a shorter collection time, plus cold and snowy weather has kept people from coming out. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal


Salvation Army bell ringer Troy Stone volunteers at a Greenwood Kroger store Thursday, Dec. 19. Donations are down from previous years due to a shorter collection time, plus cold and snowy weather has kept people from coming out. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal


Salvation Army bell ringers in Johnson County are bringing back less cash than last year from their largest fundraiser, which pays for about one-third of the organization’s annual budget.

A late Thanksgiving and unusually cold, snowy weather have contributed to a drop in donations. On Friday, the agency’s donations totaled $42,183 out of a $90,000 goal, according to Duke Haddad, executive director of development for the Indiana division of the Salvation Army.

Shoppers aren’t as likely to go out when it’s cold, so they don’t see the bell ringers standing outside or in the entrances of stores, such as Kroger and Walmart, with red kettles collecting donations, he said.

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