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Salvation Army receiving fewer donations in Chico and Redding than last year

The Salvation Army says it is well below donation amounts, compared to last year for Chico and Redding. Action News Now reporter Jafet Serrato gives us the numbers and shows us why people think turn out has dropped.

Posted: Dec 24, 2019 9:46 AM
Updated: Dec 24, 2019 5:55 PM

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - The Salvation Army says it is well below donation amounts, compared to last year for Chico and Redding.

Action News Now reporter Jafet Serrato gives us the numbers and shows us why people think turn out has dropped.

As of December 24, 2019, Chico has raised more than $72,000 by people simply dropping spare change in the red kettle, while Redding currently has more than $100,000.

Chico needs nearly $30,000 more to reach its goal of $100,000.

Redding is hoping to get $135,000 that's a 25% percent drop compared to last year.

Action News Now spoke with Captain Craig Rodriguera about why donations are low this year he says the Camp Fire could have been one of the factors.

"That's never prevented people from giving so I think people are just giving all that they can. Sometimes the numbers kind of fluctuate on what people can and can't give," Rodriguera said.

"I think the holidays came upon us really quickly, with having thanksgiving so late," said Marsha Osborne, a woman who says has donated to the Salvation Army.

Rodriguera says 100 percent of the donations go directly back to the community.

There is just one more day to donate to the red kettle.

A survey from Wallet Hub says California ranks low at 43 as one of the most charitable states in the country.

Minnesota and Utah are the top two most charitable.

People still have time on Christmas Eve to donate to those red kettles at locations in Chico and Redding.

Despite the low turnout for Chico and Redding, the Salvation Army in Chico tells Action News Now that they've seen an increase in volunteers.

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