GRAND FORKS — With Hornbacher's, Kmart and Shopko closing within the last year, the Salvation Army says there are fewer spots for bell ringers to collect donations in Grand Forks.

The charity reports that donations are down from past years just a week after kettle season began and expects an uphill battle to make up for the loss of income.

Matthew Beatty with the Salvation Army in Grand Forks said it means $35,000 of income his organization won't have this year. With Thanksgiving a little later than usual, he said volunteers will have fewer days to collect donations at certain spots in town.

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