Exception will allow Salvation Army bell ringers to work in downtown Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS - Because of an exception in a panhandling ban in Colorado Springs, Salvation Army bell ringers will be allowed to solicit for donations downtown.

On Nov. 17, the Gazette reported that the new law would affect one downtown red kettle site. Sixty other sites would be unaffected, they reported.

City spokeswoman Julie Smith said Wednesday that the ordinance does not apply to an individual or organization, like the Salvation Army, if they are soliciting on private property.

The Mining Exchange Wyndham Grand Hotel has already offered the Salvation Army a place for a bell ringer on its property, Smith said.

The El Paso County Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign raised $68,000 last year and accounts for about 15 percent of the organization's income. Money raised from donations goes to help homeless and low-income residents.

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