Gold coins found in Salvation Army holiday kettle in Florida

Some of those who gathered outside the Salvation Army's headquarters for the annual hamper distribution

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Tava Douglas, 51, of Marietta, a bell ringer for 20 years, said she has noticed a slowdown this season.

They stood outside the store and asked shoppers to contribute money to the kettle. However, the Salvation Army officials learned in January that the building had been sold, and the organization needed to find a new site.

Lt. Charles Smith with The Salvation Army says this year they are very low.

Major Sandra Story of the Salvation Army said gifts wont be the only thing they receive, "They'll get the presents for their children and also get a food box and a chicken".

"We're running about the same as we did past year, so we're very pleased with it", volunteer Brenda Deckard said.

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Wheeler, who joined the Douglas County office earlier this year, said the local branch has struggled lately in recruiting volunteers to staff its famous red kettles.

Captain Steve Stanert, Salvation Army said, "there are still Angel Tags on trees where a child has asked for something specific and I can't promise you that we're going to give them what they asked for". "At some point in time we'd like to have 2,000 hours of volunteer coverage at the kettles".

"Full coverage would help ensure our goal is reached", said Kromm, "Our kettles are staffed 100 per cent by volunteers - individuals, families, businesses, service clubs and other groups". With a total number of days being 37 this season, they will have three less days than the 2016 campaign, one of them being Christmas Eve, their biggest day of the year.

"I like it, even when it's cold", she said.

"We haven't really been at Safeway very much, we haven't been at No Frills very much".

"I like giving to the Salvation Army because it makes me feel like I've made a difference in someone's life", Kate said.

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