Panhandling ban in downtown Branson

Panhandling ban in downtown Branson

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Branson Bans Red Kettles

Branson, MO

#1 Nov 18, 2012
Panhandling ban in downtown Branson bars kettles

11/18/2012

The GazetteBransonPost.com

Seth A. McBeth

The new panhandling ban in downtown Branson has eliminated a bell-

ringing site for the Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle Campaign,

but with about 60 other collection locations in the area,

the nonprofit's coordinator for Taney County can live with that.

"It's a disappointment;

I don't want to minimize that,"

Maj. John Bennett said Friday.

"But it won't make or break us."

He's more concerned that donations from Thursday's kickoff breakfast

for the Red Kettle Campaign

were down about 25 percent from the $68,000 raised last year.

Does it signal that residents are tapped out from giving

to causes that are helping victims of the

$85 million dollar budget Branson has set up for next year?

Perhaps.

"To be honest, up until about two weeks ago,

I wasn't too concerned, but now I'm becoming concerned,"

he said. "We're seeing some softness at many levels."

He hopes to reduce the Salvation Army's reliance on paid bell ringers

because the money that's saved by using volunteers can go toward

programming.

But as of Friday, the first day that bell ringers were starting

collections,

volunteers had signed up to provide 1,500 hours of service

toward an 8,000-hour need.

Panhandling ban in downtown Branson bars Salvation Army's kettles

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