"So that's the kind of numbers we're talking about", Michels said, adding that in 2016 both eastern and western Jamaica made approximately $17.7 million. In the past, the Salvation Army would go through the process of buying and packing a ham, turkey, potatoes and all of the fixings needed for a Christmas dinner and hand out hampers.
Red kettles will be out on Fridays and Saturdays for the next two weekends.
Kettle donations to date are at $41,000.
"Yes, we're going to have a nice weekend, so folks will be able to stop by the kettle and drop some money in there", Burkett said.
Daily, the Salvation Army's Social Service Case Managers meet the critical basic needs of providing financial assistance and emotional support to families facing payments of utility, water shutoff and rent eviction notifications.
It's a coat he probably would have worn on Friday, if the bell ringers had worked. To become a volunteer, call the Salvation Army of Lowell at 978-458-3396.
If you can't donate at a red kettle, you can donate online at www.salvationarmyusa.org.
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Warm weather puts a dent in holiday donations, apparently because some folks have a hard time getting in the giving spirit if they can't see their breath.
Kettles are set up at 26 local businesses, including the city's four Walmart locations, Hy-Vee, West Ridge Mall, Dillons stores, Walgreens, Sam's Club, Hobby Lobby and LifeWay Christian Store.
Glasgow says this isn't even the most worrisome number.
This Saturday, your contribution to one The Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign will go a lot farther thanks to some generous donors.
But the Salvation Army is behind in kettle donations, so the sheriff's office is stepping into the action Thursday as well.
Major Sandra Story of the Salvation Army said gifts wont be the only thing they receive, "They'll get the presents for their children and also get a food box and a chicken".