News 12 at 11 O'clock / Monday, Dec. 23, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- It's that all too familiar sound, that brings out the giving in everyone.
"I walked by and then a turned around and gave a dollar," said Jackie Reeves, who donated to The Salvation Army Monday night. "I haven't given all day, I might as well give a little bit."
Those few dollar bills might not be a lot for her, but for those with nothing, it's everything.
"We tend to give more during the holidays sometimes but people have needs all year long," Reeves said.
That doesn't seem to be the case this year, as donations with The Salvation Army are down almost 20 percent. That's more than $25,000.
"If everyone just gave a dollar," Reeves said.
It's a dollar, Major Tony Perez couldn't be more grateful for.
The money donated from the community goes right back into the community.
"Every time we have asked, this community's come to our rescue," Major Perez said. "All the money that's leftover, it goes into our social services program."
Helping those less fortunate not just during the holidays, but 365 days of the year.
"People are still going to be fed, people are still going to be sheltered, and we're anticipating even colder days coming," he said.
It's a dollar or quarter that could go a long way, if folks just take the time and donate.
"It's taking the time sometimes more than a person just having the money sometimes," Reeves said.
Dec. 24 is the last day those bell ringers and red kettles will be out collecting donations. Those locations are across all of Augusta, mainly at Kroger, Walmart and the Augusta Mall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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