ROME, N.Y. – The Salvation Army received a $1,500 donation from Walmart Friday, as the organization struggles to raise funds through its annual red kettle campaign this year amid the pandemic.
Although donations are down and there’s a shortage of volunteers, Capt. Al Krueger plans to continue a modified version of his tradition outside the Rome Walmart.
"Every year we do a 24-hour kettle where I stand outside Walmart for 24 consecutive hours, and I usually do that all in one straight shot. This year, with the pandemic, not able to do that this year so I’m standing 12 hours today and 12 hours tomorrow," said Krueger.
The red kettle campaign continues through Christmas Eve.