Salvation Army bell-ringers have brought in about $60,000 for the Lawrence Salvation Army this holiday season, but they’re hoping to reach $100,000 in the next week, said Wes Dahlberg, executive director.
“I feel confident we can reach that goal,” said Dahlberg, who expects a boost as Christmas approaches. “The closer you get to the holiday, the more people get in the holiday spirit.”
The local Red Kettle Campaign began Nov. 11, and runs until Christmas Eve. Bell-ringers are out at 16 locations.
Dahlberg said the goal is typically set at $100,000. Some $94,000 was raised in 2010.
Bell-ringers haven’t received any unusual donations in the kettles, such as a diamond that was dropped in a kettle in Shawnee.
But they’re certainly open to that option.
“If someone wants to put a diamond in, that’s be great,” Dahlberg said.