Salvation Army facing shortfall in North Texas Christmas fundraising

One of the holiday season's longest running fundraisers is facing a major shortfall just a week before Christmas.

Local officials say the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign is currently $270,000 short of projections.

The biggest issue is a shortage of volunteers -- specifically in Plano, Irving, and Fort Worth.

In Fort Worth alone, there are more than 150 ringing locations but only 40 of them are being regularly staffed. The volunteers who are out there say it's a job worth experiencing.

“There are so many people in need and I can't fix all the problems, but I can help with small ones,” said volunteer Karen Bledsoe. "I've been blessed with so much that sometimes I don't know what I have to give. But I have time, I can use my hands, I can use my feet. other people can't, so why not?"

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