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Salvation Army likely to miss seasonal donations goal

Losing a week between Thanksgiving and Christmas isn’t hurting only holiday shoppers. Maj. Jerry Stinson of the Salvation Army said donations to their red kettles are down significantly.

Stinson, leader of the Concord Salvation Army, said bell ringers have collected only 50 percent of the $80,000 goal and are unlikely to get the rest with just nine days left until Christmas. “One less week than usual is $20,000 right there,” Stinson said. Overall, Stinson expects to fall $30,000 short of this year’s goal.

The Salvation Army uses the money collected in Concord to run youth and adults programs, stock its food pantry and keep its McKenna House homeless shelter open, among other things, Stinson said.

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