Capt. Neil Wilkinson of the Prince George Salvation Army sums it up simply.
“We’re doing terrible.”
Wilkinson says the Christmas Kettle Campaign has a goal of $250,000 for this year, and so far, only about $80,000 has been raised.
“People need to remember this is our major fundraiser for the year,” Wilkinson say. “Without the money from the kettles, it will be a challenge to rub two nickels together to make it through the season.”
He says the kettle campaign does usually start off slow, but this year he’s heard of something else.
“Talking with some of the retailers in the city, they’re saying things are slow so far for them as well.”
And if people aren’t going to the stores, they aren’t seeing the kettles.
What makes it more difficult for the group to get the campaign going is a shortage of volunteers.
“Our volunteer count is down this year, so we could use some more help there as well.”
Anyone interested in putting in some time with one of the kettles can call the Salvation Army at 250-564-4000.