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Black Hills Salvation Army sees a cold spell in donations

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With another cold spell just around the corner, the Black Hills Salvation Army prepares for a possible decrease in donations.    

Two weeks ago the extreme cold cost the Salvation Army 10 to 20 percent of its daily donations.

Bell ringers typically collect between $3,000 and $5,000 a day, but when it's extremely cold, they often face losing up to $2,000 a day in potential donations.

Major Jim Beardsley, Black Hills Salvation Army, says they are anticipating a drop in donations this coming week but they are not too worried.    

"We're really not concerned too much we might be five to ten percent off in the buckets but we'll be okay with that, we always anticipate a few of those days during the season anyways so it won't be out for the ordinary for us,"  said Beardsley. 

Beardsley says the Salvation Army  lost six days of bell ringing this year because Thanksgiving began late, making for a short holiday season.

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