The fundraising totals across the Northwoods were down during this years Salvation Army bell-ringing time. Ken Krall reports Mother Nature, the calendar and the Internet worked against the effort this year.
Salvation Army spokesperson Tom Bremer) oversees the collections for the Northwoods.....
"....it was down a little bit this year, maybe ten to fifteen percent. That had to do with the cold, a very cold year for bellringing. There was also one less week for shopping as Thanksgiving was one week later this year. On the whole, the people in the north country have done a very nice job, to the volunteers, to the donors to help the less fortunate..."
Rhinelander raised $26,000, Vilas county $44,000, Tomahawk raised $34,000, Merrill raised $15,000, Minocqua $26,000, Iron county $25,000 and Price county almost $5500. He says the cold likely kept people away from being bellringers and slots were left open Bremer says Internet sales are also a factor...
"...as time goes on thirty percent more online shopping this year. There's not as many people out shopping...."
Bremer says they will be looking at other ways to try to raise money. He says many people donate just prior to filing their taxes.
86 cents of every dollar raised go to relief efforts in the local communities.