The Red Kettles are still out and will be until December 23, but the campaign runs until the first or second week of January.
Mr. Horrell said this year's Red Kettle campaign goal is $825,000, up about $25,000 from last year. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs without discrimination.
During one particular period, three people donated in quick succession and a few commented that giving would be easier if red kettles accepted credit cards or Apple Pay.More news: PBS Suspends Tavis Smiley Amid Sexual Misconduct Probe
"There's a lot of wonderful people of all demographics and all ages coming out and volunteers and the volunteers are a cross section of society", said Oakes.
The Salvation Army confirmed that a gold 1979 Krugerrand coin was dropped in a kettle at the Walmart on Kietzke Lane in Reno last night.
Just over half of the more than 700 hampers this year will go out Monday. Some are just temporarily down on their luck due to a job loss or other financial circumstance, but others are victims of intergenerational poverty.More news: Personal Law Board Says Punishment In Triple Talaq Unclear
Workers from UPS were also there to help and also presented a $5,000 check to the Salvation Army that will help fund their efforts.
The shop's Facebook page was littered with hundreds of comments, including many that accused The Salvation Army of discrimination, after it posted about the fundraiser.
We further help families sustain positive momentum through our after school and youth programs as well as life-changing youth camps at. Beth Sturdivant with the Salvation Army.More news: S/African court rules against Zuma in state capture report
The Salvation Army depends on the support of numerous corporate partners, including many individual retailers, who allow Christmas kettles to be placed at their stores each year. He says there is a great need for donations this holiday season.