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Salvation Army low on donations this holiday season

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The Salvation Army says donations to the organization are significantly lower this year than usual. 

When you hear the bells ringing and see the red kettles, you know it's the Salvation Army. But this year, representatives in San Luis Obispo say donations are the lowest they've been in years.

"We're actually down 50 percent on both toys and our red kettle as well," said Lt. Henry Gonzalez, Salvation Army.

The money raised during this time not only provides toys, clothing, and meals but also helps those who need assistance in paying rent and utilities. 

Susan Carleton, who was a bell ringer on Wednesday, says there's been a noticeable change in the number of donations. 

"A little slower than last year," she said. 

Alexandria Brito says she's heard several stories from those who've dropped change in the red kettles about how the Salvation Army helped them through tough times. 

"There's a lady that came to me yesterday and said that the funding, you know, helped her get off the streets which is really nice," Brito said.

The shortage of donations, both monetary and in the form of toys, will have a significant impact on those who benefit from the Salvation Army's services. 

"People need a place to live, people need clothes, they need shoes, people need to be fed and we want to make sure we respond that way within our community," Gonzalez said.

He says the organization is also short on bell ringers. Click here to find a location in your area where you can volunteer. 

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