Target Blocks Charity’s On-Site Collections

The local Salvation Army could possibly lose thousands of dollars in donations this holiday season because it’s banned from a popular retail store in town.

Target no longer allows Salvation Army bell ringers outside its stores nationwide.

Last year the Bay County Salvation Army raised close to $10,000 alone from donations raised outside of the store at 23rd Street and Highway 77. That is the largest amount raised at any location in Panama City.

Target, the nation's second-largest retailer, says continuing to allow the Salvation Army would not be fair to other charities that are also barred from fund raising at the stores.

The Salvation Army hopes to make up the loss at its other locations.