BRYAN, Texas The Salvation Army bell ringers have become a Christmas-time tradition over the years, but this year, the red kettle is a little empty.
Lieutenant Jeremy Walker with the Brazos County Salvation Army said as of Friday, they're running about 50 percent short of this year's goal of $170,000.
"We just need help," said Walker. "We're calling on the folks of this great community to step up and help their neighbors in need."
Walker said this year's bad weather and a shortened donation season has turned into fewer dollars for the Salvation Army.
Heath Hopkins has been a Salvation Army bell ringer for about four years. He said he's noticed a difference in donations this year at the Walmart on Briarcrest in Bryan., and he agrees the weather is playing a role.
"They're either trying to run in, or trying to run out," said Hopkins.
Walker said 82 cents from every dollar donated goes back into the Brazos County community. There are over 20 locations around Brazos County to donate, but Walker said if the weather gets the best of you, another option is available.
You can create an online kettle on the Salvation Army's website, personalize it and post it to your Facebook and Twitter accounts to rally support from your friends.
Walker said even a little can mean a lot.
"Drop your penny, drop your dollar, your quarters, whatever," said Walker. "Every penny counts."
The Salvation Army Bell ringers will be out in full force until Christmas Eve. To find out more about online kettles, click on the link with this story.