Salvation Army hoping for uptick in donations on Giving Tuesday

Donald Baca, right, drops money into a Salvation Army red kettle as bell ringer Mark Pearson looks on in downtown Seattle Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008. The motivations may vary, but the goal is the same: to spread good cheer and good works at the same time by giving "gifts" to friends and family that are actually donations to charity made in their names. (AP Photo)
Donald Baca, right, drops money into a Salvation Army red kettle as bell ringer Mark Pearson looks on in downtown Seattle Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008. The motivations may vary, but the goal is the same: to spread good cheer and good works at the same time by giving "gifts" to friends and family that are actually donations to charity made in their names. (AP Photo)

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – This holiday season you’re likely to open your wallet or purse, not just for loved ones, but also for charities and causes you’re passionate about.

You know that sound. It’s synonymous with the holiday season. The ring of the bell never gets old to Jan Wrin. Back in 1999 she made a promise to herself. “Each time I pass a kettle, three or four times a day, I will put a dollar in.”

Wrin has since expanded on her mission. Two years ago she decided not only to give her money but also her time. Now retired, she spends afternoons volunteering. “It’s a good thing to do. Makes you feel good for the holidays,” said Wrin.

On this Giving Tuesday it’s all about paying it forward. A national call for people to donate in the wake of the retail frenzy. The Salvation Army says it’s much needed.

“A lot of people here have the philosophy that’s it’s better to give than receive and this is a great day to put that into action,” said Gordon Hoag, with the Salvation Army in Terre Haute.

Deciding when to give can be overwhelming. For some the solution is simple. It’s not about how much. “I always give a little bit each time there is a red kettle, because I figure if I got a little bit then I can share,” said Diane Knoy, as she put money into the kettle at Baesler’s Market.

Blame it on the wet weather or people using debit cards instead of cash. Donations for the campaign are way down. The goal? $155,000. So far, only $30,000 has been raised.

“It keeps our programs going through next year, so it’s very important for us to raise funds this time of the year,” said Hoag.

Wrin also has a message for folks out there. It’s not just about opening your wallets but also your hearts. “I think it makes everybody feel good,” she said.

The Red Kettle Campaign continues through Christmas Eve. Of course, monetary donations are needed, but the Salvation Army is always looking for volunteers. For more information you can call (812) 232-4081.