Recent Winter Weather Puts Freeze on Salvation Army Donations

- During the holiday season the Salvation Army uses the sound of bells to ring in donations to help those in need.

But last week's winter weather brought much of the city to a halt for several days, which unfortunately, did the same with Salvation Army donations.

The sound of ringing bells is bringing the bills and change into the Salvation Army buckets outside of Market Street and other businesses in Wichita Falls.

"We've lost  two full days and two of those days ice was everywhere so a lot of people in town didn't go to the stores they stayed in and listened to the advisories of don't drive unless you have to," says Capt. David Swyers, commander of the Salvation Army.

Capt. David Swyers says that caused the non-profit organization to lose a big chunk of their donations to help those in need.

"We're down $11,000, which is a lot of money for us," says Capt. Swyers.

Groups like the Southwest Boys and Girls Club have pitched in the help make up the difference.

"I don't have a dollar amount because they gave me an estimate but it was over $1,000 just with my team," says Cara Thomas with Southwest Boys & Girls Club.

Warmer weather is now causing donations to come in again.

"We always made a habit of it when my husband was alive, so I just continue it.  If I have a little extra I give," says Cathy Touvell, a Wichita Falls resident.

And the Salvation Army hopes many other people will do the same to help those in need this season.

"We're hoping that we get big donations through checks which will make up the difference on that side," Capt. Swyers adds.

So far Capt. Swyers says the Salvation Army's kettle campaign has raised $61,000.

He says this time last year the amount raised was $73,000.

So, the non-profit organization has until Christmas Eve, which is just eight days away, to make up the difference.

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