Salvation Army low on donations despite more volunteers

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - While the Salvation Army has finally seen a surge in volunteers this year in northeast Florida compared to the past, donations are still down and the organization is struggling to make ends meet.

The nonprofit has had to open up more red kettle donation sites and is asking for anyone to come out and ring the bell for a good cause.

The Andrew Jackson High School cheerleaders are just some who plan on spending their Christmas Eve ringing bells around town for the organization.

"We helping raise money to feed the homeless, find shelters, all those good things, and we're so excited to do these things because we're cheerleaders and that's what we love to do," Jackson senior Brandy Andrews said.

Bell ringers will be in front of more than 60 stores around the community this holiday season. It's a service the Salvation Army says is vital to help people in need.

Even 102-year-old Mary Johnson is doing her part to help.

"It's nice to know you can put others in your life and God will let you live longer if you do," she said.

If you'd like to volunteer to help the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign, even if you can only ring a bell for one day, call the Salvation Army at 904-353-6303.

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