BOSTON (CBS) – The Salvation Army says it’s been a struggle to raise money this holiday season.

The charity announced Tuesday that donations to their Red Kettles in Massachusetts are down 22 percent during the first five weeks of this year’s charitable campaign compared to last year.

They’ve collected nearly $1.2 million in Massachusetts so far this season.

Last year’s total was $3.4 million.

“We’re not 100 percent sure why we are experiencing such a significant decline in Kettle donations,” Divisional Commander Major David Kelly said in a statement.

“We believe there are a number of potential factors including a greater use of online shopping, the weak economy and perhaps even fewer kettle locations.”

The greatest drop in donations is in the Chelsea-East Boston area, where they’re down 53-percent.

They’re also down significantly in Attleboro, Waltham, Haverhill, Worcester and Plymouth.

However, Greenfield, Milford and Newburyport have actually seen increases this season.

The Salvation Army hopes the use of QR codes at every kettle will help them reach their goal.

By scanning the code, anyone with a smartphone can make an online donation with a credit card.

If you’d like to help you can also call 339-502-5856 or visit their web site.

Comments (4)
  1. PeeWee says:

    They’re not sure why they’re not receiving so many donations? Um, try the fact that people are hurting–lots of unemployed folks in a crappy economy. Everyone is asking for money and some people just don’t have it to give!

  2. vlizzle says:

    WOW I had no idea and I feel like a fool for continuing to donate to the SA every Christmas season. Well, they have receive the last dollar from me and will lucky if I don’t spit in the face of the fool ringing the bell next time I see one.

  3. jinxie says:

    I am lucky enough and most thankful that I have a full time job and still found it difficult to pay for the bills and buy the 8 presents I did – just something for people to open (plus some money to those family membes without jobs that need to pay THEIR bills- I would rather keep donations in the family). Saying its a tough economy is an understatement; workers are forgoing raises and cost of increases to their paychecks while everything around them from food to bills is steadily increasing! This is the first year I have not contributed to the red kettles because of that fact.

  4. Deana Bandilla says:

    I used to see these kettles everywhere, but not this year. I actually walked out of Wal-Mart in Oxford, Ma, on Saturday afternoon and found the local Lions’ Club taking donations, but no Salvation Army. Obviously, they’ve had to cut back on staffing these things and that’s why donations are down, besides the crappy economy…

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