Salvation Army bell ringer Kenneth Truitt, Sr., of York City works a kettle outside Boscov’s at the York Galleria on Friday, Nov. 29.
Salvation Army bell ringer Kenneth Truitt, Sr., of York City works a kettle outside Boscov's at the York Galleria on Friday, Nov. 29. (BILL KALINA - bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)

After weeks of ringing the bells for its Christmas Kettle Campaign, the Salvation Army of York fell just short of its $240,000 goal.

The organization raised about $211,000 during the campaign, which ran from Nov. 15 to Christmas Eve, said Erma Camuti, corps officer at its York City location.

"The last couple of days were good," she said.

So also noted that the organization didn't fall far short of the goal in spite of six fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year.

Call for help: Earlier this month, the organization put out an urgent call for donations because the campaign had brought in just $93,000.

The total steadily climbed in the next couple of weeks before reaching $211,000, Camuti said. Last year, the campaign raised $221,000.

The Salvation Army will have to revise its budget because of the shortfall, but it will continue to help as many people as it can, she said.

"Programs won't be cut, I know that," Camuti said. "We will try and do the best with what the Lord has entrusted to us."

The campaign probably would have made its goal if it had the extra shopping days this year, she said, but she was thankful for every dollar.

"We are very grateful for the York County residents who contributed to the kettle effort and pray that they have a happy new year," she said.

-- Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurkin@yorkdispatch.com.