Salvation Army kettles low in donations |

Salvation Army kettles low in donations

Staff Report
“The singing guy” , John Marbach has been a bell ringer for the Salvation Army for 2 years. He can usually be found at Smiths.
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Compared to last year, Red Kettle donations are down nearly 35 percent for the Salvation Army in Carson City and Douglas County.

“This is a big concern to see that our kettle income is down by this much,” said Captain Mark Cyr, the Salvation Army’s commanding officer. “If the trend continues it could cut back on the services we can provide.”

Kettle gifts stay local to provide Christmas and food assistance, youth camps and many other year-round programs. This holiday season, the Salvation Army serving Carson City and Douglas County will assist approximately 625 families with food boxes and toys.

“The Red Kettle is a 100-plus-year tradition of the Salvation Army, and in smaller communities we really rely on this income to support the programs that we have,” Cyr said. “We will do what we have to do to continue the services we provide, but it would really be helpful if we can get the community’s support this last week before Christmas. A handful of change, a few bills or a gift card dropped in a kettle can make all the difference in one of our neighbor’s lives.”

The Red Kettle campaign will continue through Dec. 24 at various storefronts throughout Carson City and Douglas County.

For more information or to make a donation to support the Salvation Army, contact Captain Mark Cyr: 661 Colorado St. Carson City, NV 89701 or call 775-887-9120. To make an online donation go to