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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- At many shopping locations around the region, you can hear that familiar sound of bells ringing for the red kettles. The winter weather halted some of that cheerful chime.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- At many shopping locations around town, you can hear that familiar sound of bells ringing for the red kettles. The winter weather halted some of that cheerful chime.

"We've been shut down a lot from doing our fundraising and kettles and this is an important time of the year for that," said Major N.J. Pope with The Salvation Army.

Road conditions have prevents bell ringers from getting to their assigned posts as well.

"We have had as small as 20 (volunteers) on one day and we are still not back at full capacity yet," said Pope.

That's down from the normal 50 volunteers per day. Major Pope said the weather is also keeping shoppers away which means less money in the red kettles.

"We are anticipating that our costs during this month are going to be over $700,000  and without those kettles, without the donations coming in, we will have to find a way to pay for it someway," he said.

Major Pope believes the community will come through no matter the weather.

If you want to help out, you can help "Fill The Truck" this weekend. The Salvation Army needs your help to literally fill a truck for needy families. While you do your shopping, you can grab an extra toy to help fill the truck.

The Salvation Army will be at the Walmart in Rogers on Walnut from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The Salvation Army will also be at the Siloam Springs Walmart on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday at the Springdale Walmart from 12 to 5 p.m.



(story by KNWA, Fayetteville)

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