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Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign $150,000 behind in donations

Salvation Army Central Arkansas behind $150,000 in donations to the Red Kettle Campaign. (Photo: KATV)

This time of year, you can't take a shopping trip without seeing a Salvation Army red kettle.

"We have over 70 locations in central Arkansas, and that's for Pulaski, White, Saline and Lonoke counties," said Michelle Scroggins, community relations director for Salvation Army Central Arkansas.

The Red Kettle Campaign, fueled by your donations, raises money for several different services, including the Pathway of Hope program. It also helps fills grocery orders that come in on a monthly basis.

In 2016, the Salvation Army Central Arkansas gave out more than 15,000 gifts and more than 1,000 Christmas food boxes.

The non-profit was also able to serve over 78,000 meals.

But as of Tuesday, with only five days left in the 2017 campaign, the organization is coming up $150,000 shy of its goal.

If they don't meet the $450,000 goal, it will impact services

"We may not be able to fill as many grocery orders," said Scroggins. "We may be asking for more volunteers to donate food to serve in our shelter."

Plus, they need more volunteers to ring the bell at the red kettle locations.

"I was in a situation once, and I got helped, so why not help?" asked Robert Ockerman.

If you would like to donate, you can drop off monetary gifts at any of the red kettle locations, the downtown Little Rock office, or online at salvationarmy.org.

If you would like to volunteer, contact Salvation Army Central Arkansas at (501)374-9296.

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