COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- No matter how you ring in the holidays, it wouldn't be Christmas without the Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign. But this year, when the final count is done, Chris Nind with the Naples chapter, said donations will be way down.
"The goal set this year was 350 thousand. And I think by the end of the day we'll more likely be in the region of 325. Part of the reason for that obviously was because Thanksgiving was so late and certain locations we couldn't open until black friday."
The organization holds out hope on Christmas Eve when they typically get the most donations.
There were about 70 kettles in Collier County. And while you can donate online or using your smart phone - they've found the majority of the donations are done physically at a Red Kettle.
"It's been better if people wanted to make a donation either to call in and let us do it centrally from here rather than having a machine at the kettle," said Nind.
And those manning the kettles said they continue to appreciate the community's willingness to help others.
"Everyday has been a good day, I've never had a bad day," said Suzanne Walker.
"I know my kettles been full the last couple of days," said Bob Davidson.
The organization hopes to have a final county the day after Christmas.