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Genesee Co. Salvation Army behind on donations

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One of the most well-known charities in Mid-Michigan is putting out the call for more donations.

It’s just a little over a week away from Christmas and the Salvation Army, best known for helping those in need, said it desperately needs more money.

The little red bells are ringing extra hard this year in Genesee County.

Their branch of the Salvation Army is behind in fundraising just eight days before Christmas.

First-year volunteering Dennis Colsemon isn’t giving up hope that they’ll reach their goal.

“Pennies, nickels, dimes, whatever you can afford, every little bit helps,” Colsemon said.

So far they’ve only collected 47 percent of their $800,000 goal.

They would like to be at 60 percent or more this late in December.

Coselmon thinks they’re down this year for a bunch of different reasons.

“The economy is probably part of it and I think maybe online shopping is part of it because there’s not as many people at the mall,” Coselmon said.

Last year volunteers collected $2,400 just on Christmas Eve alone, but because Dec. 24 falls on a Sunday this year it creates a big problem for them.

Because the Salvation Army has a policy not to ring bells on Sunday, they only have seven days to reach this year’s goal.

So to help with the last minute push, Salvation Army captain Caleb Senn is trying something a little different with this year’s goal.  

He busted out his trombone with the Flint Citadel band and brought the red kettle inside.

“People really love to hear the band and they love to hear the Christmas carols,” Senn said. “When they see the red kettle it really reminds them about the season and those less fortunate who rely on our funds not only for Christmas, but all year round.”

Captain Senn is hoping if they work extra hard in the days to come, reaching their goal won’t be a problem.

Coselmon says he’ll be volunteering during this final push so if you see or hear a little red bell, he’ll take whatever you can spare.

“I just hope that the people realize that this is the last week before Christmas, so open your hearts and give as much as you can,” Senn said.

If you can’t make it out to the one of the kettles, you can donate by going the Salvation Army of Genesee County’s website.

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