Salvation Army says Red Kettle donations down 83%

Giving down $14,000 from 2019 during opening weekend

ORLANDO, Fla. – Bells are ringing at the Salvation Army’s Red Kettles, but the organization is seeing record low donations.

The Salvation Army in Orlando says donations are down by 83% from last year.

Captain Ken Chapman says in 2019 the organization collected $16,963 during the opening weekend of the campaign. This year, only $2,986 was raised during opening weekend.

Donations to the Salvation Army can be done virtually at To donate, visit any local Publix supermarket from now until Dec. 24.

News 6 viewers this week donated more than $187,000 to the agency’s Angel Tree program.

Shelves on the wall are filled with toys and Christmas stockings are looking good as the Salvation Army Joy Center gets ready for its Angel Tree distribution day, which is just two weeks away.

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