Superior, WI (NNCNOW.COM)
The Twin Ports Salvation armies are thousands of dollars short of their holiday season goals and freezing temps may be to blame.
This year, kettles and bins were looking more empty than usual.
Some suspect bitter temperatures are keeping peoples hands and their money in their pockets.
"We think that it was a shorter season this year as well as the extreme cold weather that discouraged people from giving in the kettles," says Major David Clark, Superior Salvation Army Corp. Officer.
The Superior Salvation Army had a Christmas goal of 200 thousand dollars.
Only 50 thousand came in through kettle donations. All giving venues combined, donations still came up short at 158 thousand dollars.
"The good news is we're still accepting money through walk in and mail in donations and we'll be able to do that through January 15th," says Clark.
The Duluth Salvation Army is about 100 thousand dollars short of their goal.
Some donation sites for the Toyland Express drive also saw some drops in giving.
Bentleyville was major drop off point but weather hindered attendance.
Caribou Coffee took pride in being a donation site but they too saw a decrease in gifts.
"It's important for Caribou to be involved because we're a community place and people come here often...Last year we had quite a few donations, this year it's decreased a lot, I'm not sure why but most of the donations came from employees here at Caribou," says Cassandra Franklin, assistant manager at Caribou in Canal Park.
Major Clark says the Christmas donations make a difference year round.
"We also use the monies that we raise at Christmas to help support various financial assistance programs that the Salvation Army provides to Superior area residents."
He says he's thankful to those who have done their part during the season of giving.
"While it's cold outside we have a lot of warm hearts."
Duluth donations are down about 6 percent this year, donations are down about 9 percent statewide.
Posted to the web by Gabrielle Ware