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Donations Down in Red Kettle Campaign

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The Salvation Army in Erie and around the state hopes donations to the annual red kettle campaign start to pick up.

 Around Western Pennsylvania, donations are down about $90,000 compared to last year. Locally the campaign is running about $3500 behind 2011.

 Leaders think the loss of many retired volunteer bell ringers is a key factor.

 The goal of the local campaign is $190,000. The money is used to help thousands of families in need.

 Salvation Army Major Les Walter said, "This helps us the whole year. It is not just a Christmas campaign for us. It gets us through the rest of 2012 and 2013, so it is vital to us."

 The kettle campaign continues through Christmas eve.

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