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Cold weather means fewer donations for Black Hills Salvation Army

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Too cold to donate?

The Black Hills Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign already went into this year with less money, and the cold snap isn't helping the cause.

Major Jim Beardsley, Black Hills Salvation Army program coordinator, says that because Thanksgiving was a week later than last year, the campaign missed out on six days of donations. During those six days last year the campaign raised $24,000.

Now with the cold snap, the organization doesn't have as many volunteers ringing their bells and people aren't stopping as much outside in the near negative weather.

That means the campaign overall is struggling.

But Beardsley is confident the organization can move some funds around and be 'okay.' "We're still early in the season, so I'm not going to be pulling any fire alarms right now and think 'oh we're just going down the tubes,' no, we'll get by," said Beardsley.

Beardsley says with the October blizzard and the need for donations to other programs - like the Rancher's Relief Fund - the Black Hills Salvation Army anticipated a shortage in funds and have prepared for it.

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