The San Diego Salvation Army reports Red Kettle donations are about half what they were around this time last year.
The charity’s officials say they are concerned about the lost kettle days because of the shortened window between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
For those unable to volunteer as a bell ringer at an actual red kettle, the organization is offering a way for you to start your own red kettle.
Once you create the kettle, you can designate where the funds will go and share the link with friends and family to ask for donations.
Donations can also be mailed to The Salvation Army, 2320 Fifth Avenue, SD 92101 or called into 1 800 SAL ARMY.