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Every penny counts for Red Kettle Campaign

Published On: Dec 20 2012 04:26:02 PM MST

For the Salvation Army this is one of the busiest times of the year as they work to help families in need.

In the Missoula Community the ‘Red Kettle Campaign’ has already raised over $100,000 but they're still a little behind.

Volunteers spent Thursday afternoon filling boxes. Some 400 of them will be put together with all the fixings for a Christmas dinner for local families.

Filling those boxes starts with the bell ringers and red kettles. It’s a 121-year-old campaign that makes feeding the community possible. Every year the Missoula Salvation Army sets a goal this year it's $130,000.

While $100,000 has already been dropped in the kettles, the bells will stop ringing Christmas Eve, so time is running out to bring in another $30,000.

“We take the kind that clinks, the type that folds, the type you write your name or the credit card. We take it all and then what we'll do is use your money the best way we can to serve the community,” said The Salvation Army’s Major David Pierce.

But donations or not, Pierce said they’ll make sure to feed hundreds of local families. He said it’s thanks to volunteers and local grocery store branches that they can fill the Christmas boxes.  

Elsewhere in the state Kalispell’s Salvation Army reports donations are up 5% so far this year. And Bozeman, workers said they’re between $5,000 to $6,000 short.

The kettle campaign ends Christmas Eve.