The Salvation Army said they believe a late Thanksgiving is to blame for a slow start in red kettle donations.
So far in Iowa, a little over $200,000 dollars has been raised.
That’s about $20,000 dollars behind last year’s numbers.
Donations are expected to pick up this week.
Thirty additional kettles will be placed in front of grocery stores throughout the metro.
Without people to ring the bells, the money won’t get collected.
“A bucket left unattended for a day might bring in $1 dollar. A bucket worked the whole day can bring in $300-$500 dollars. Volunteers definitely help,” said Amara Hartley with the Salvation Army.
This year’s goal for the Red Kettle Campaign is to raise $1.2 million dollars.
You can sign up to be a bell ringer for the Salvation Army here.