Salvation Army of Plattsburgh says they're struggling for donations

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (WCAX) The Salvation Army of Plattsburgh says it's struggling to get donations this year.

The nonprofit provides church services, a food pantry, and a soup kitchen to families of Clinton County.

It uses its Red Kettle Campaign as the main source of funding for the year. The group says with two weeks, it has about 70 percent of its goal left to go. So far, it has received about $26,000 from the community out of a goal of $80,000.

That money would be used to maintain services and power its building.

"Yes, it's doable, we know it's doable but we need help," the Salvation Army's Maj. Robin Hager said. "If every resident in Clinton County gave one dollar, we would exceed our goal because there are about 81,000 people in Clinton County. If every resident of Clinton County gave five dollars, we wouldn't know what to do with ourselves. It would be amazing."

The Salvation Army is trying something new this year. They are setting up Apple and Google pay at their red kettles so people can donate with their phones.

Salvation Army officials hope the digital option takes over Thursday on the sixth annual Northern New England Kettle Blitz Day.

It's a one-day competition between the Salvation Army corps throughout the Division.

The Salvation Army has placed smart chips and QR codes on Red Kettle signs allowing shoppers to simply "bump" or scan their phones to make a digital donation.

The Northern New England goal is nearly $2 million.