Volunteers with the Salvation Army will be ringing bells today, but the familiar red kettles used to collect contributions will not be at Target stores in Georgia or anywhere else in the country.
Target officials have told the group they will enforce a company policy against solicitation outside their stores.
Target had granted the Salvation Army an exemption in the past. But the company decided not to allow the group to collect at its stores this year because of the number of other non-profit groups asking for spots outside the stores.
Target has been the group's best location. Last year, the Salvation Army collected $240,000 from the 25 Target stores in the Atlanta area.
George Hoosier is major general secretary for the Georgia Salvation Army. He says the loss of the Target store sites will be hard to make up.