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      Salvation Army donations down

      Bell ringers will be out until Christmas Eve.

      Update: December 23, 2013, 12:40 p.m.

      The Salvation Army said they are making progress toward their goal for this year??s Christmas campaign.

      Administrators blame today??s cashless society for a drop in donations at their red kettles.

      They said many shoppers carry less cash than they did in the past and that means fewer donations in their red kettles.

      Bell ringers still need $72,000 in Jefferson City and $100,000 in Columbia to make this year??s goal.

      If you don??t carry cash while shopping, the Salvation Army would like you to send them a check in the mail.

      Bell ringers will be out until Christmas Eve.

      Original Story:

      The Salvation Army said they are behind on making their goal for this year??s Christmas campaign.

      Administrators blame today??s cashless society.

      They said many shoppers carry less cash than they did in the past and that means fewer donations in their red kettles.

      Bell ringers still need $94,000 in Jefferson City and $140,000 in Columbia to make this year??s goal.

      If you don??t carry cash while shopping, the Salvation Army would like you to use your plastic at one of their thrift stores for Christmas campaign donations.

      Salvation Army Major Richard Trimmell said, ??Some people don??t even have a checkbook anymore. We had some donations through the thrift store. People making the donation specify their money is for the Christmas program. It comes into the general fund rather than into the thrift store.??

      Bell ringers will be out until Christmas Eve.

      You can make donations through end of January and still get a tax credit for the Salvation Army??s 2013 Christmas Campaign.