It's less than two weeks until Christmas, people are hitting the stores and the Salvation Army is busy raising money to spend on the needy over the holidays.
 
"This year we are in really good shape for toys; the gift tree that we did at Westergard Ford (and) some other businesses also took some tags, so we're in really good shape," reported Captain Jennifer Hillier. "What we're really in need of, and where we're running short right now, is on our Kettle Campaign."
 
"We're running significantly short, actually, and much below where we had anticipated that we wanted to be at this point in the campaign," she elaborated. "Also, in comparison with last year, we're running quite a bit behind."
 
Part of the reason could be the loss of the Salvation Army kettle at the Drumheller Co-op Grocery Store, which closed its doors earlier this year, but there are still kettles at the other three supermarkets, so Hillier doesn't think that's a big factor.
 
"The weather's good, so maybe people are going outside of town to shop," she speculated. "We're still coming up to that kind of big week before Christmas, which is where we really see that people open up and give, so we're really hoping to make up next week."
 
Shoppers often don't have change in their wallets at the grocery store, but Hillier notes you can also drop off cheques in the kettles, at the Thrift Store or the Salvation Army Church. You can even go online and make a donation; just make sure to say you are in Drumheller, so the money will stay here.
 

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