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Salvation Army: Red Kettle Donations Down 22% In Mass.

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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.

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