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BOSTON, MA (WBZ-AM) — The Salvation Army says donations are down this holiday and that could hurt programs for the needy next year.
It’s the season of giving, but in order for the Salvation Army to give to those in need, their red kettles need to be on the receiving end during the holidays.
The Salvation Army says donations in Massachusetts are down nearly 20-percent this holiday season compared to last year.
At Christmas, the Salvation Army distributes food baskets, toys, and warm coats.
But Major Gregory Hartshorn of the Massachusetts division says red kettle donations help to provide assistance year round
"We have many soups kitchens that offer either breakfast or lunch we have a couple of shelters, educational programs, music program, summer camp programs throughout all the seasons, we are providing assistance for those who are in need," he said.
To donate to the Salvation Army visit their website or send a text message to KETTLE18 to 41444.
WBZ NewsRadio's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports.