Salvation Army campaign is down in donations for 2018

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Three weeks before Christmas, Salvation Army leaders said they're down in donations.

According to Director of Development, Bill Horrell, the number of volunteer bell ringers and total donations were down in 2018, compared to previous years.

As of Tuesday, December 4, Horrell said the campaign had brought in $225,000 of their $825,000 goal.

"There is still time to volunteer as a bell ringer, or to make your donation when you hear that familiar bell ringing," he said in a statement.

Volunteers are needed through Christmas. the "Make a Difference" Campaign runs through January.

Major Scott Shelbourn says the organization didn't reach its donation goal last year, which was the same as this year.

News 8's Katherine Bauer is volunteering as a bell ringer -- watch live, here.

The donations from the campaign account for more than half of The Salvation Army's annual budget, according to Horrell.  They provide shelter, food and other basic needs to area families.

If you would like to donate or volunteer call 563-324-4808 or go to their website.