At grocery stores and public corners around the Commonwealth, people are not flocking to those festively dressed volunteers ringing the old, familiar bells of the Salvation Army. And they’re not alone. Five weeks into its annual Christmas red kettle drive, the Massachusetts division of The Salvation Army has collected less than $1.2 million, which is 22 percent down from last year and well short of the $3.4 million it ended up with last year.
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