Nov 16, 2012 1:40 AM by Jacqui Heinrich,

Downtown panhandling ban means no Salvation Army solicitation

The panhandling ban in downtown Colorado Springs means bad news for Salvation Army bell ringers.

Volunteer bell ringers have been booted off the corner of Pike's Peak and Tejon St. since the kettle drive is considered solicitation. They'll still be bell ringing elsewhere in the city and county.

This news comes as donations are down this time of year because so much has already been given in the wake of disasters like the Waldo Canyon fire. "We are concerned about how do we make it work, do we have to do cutbacks. We rely on the county. There is no money for the Salvation Army that comes from outside areas. Whatever we do we have to raise," Maj. John Bennett of the Salvation Army told News 5.

The Salvation Army is making it easier for people to donate outside the downtown area by putting QR codes on their posters. If you don't have any change in your pocket you can scan the code with your phone and make your donation.



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