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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- The money you put in the red kettles is very vital this time of year.
Right now the Salvation Army in Fort Wayne only has $61,000 dollars raised.
"All the money that's raised at Christmas time goes straight to back to our work in the community. We have feeding programs like I said, programs to help with transportation. We have a program that helps with babies that are born premature, have other problems in the hospital. We have so many programs and all of these things and all of that is funding through the community's help," Jeffrey Crowell, Major Core Officer for Salvation Army said.
Crowell said they traditionally have always had a slow start with donations picking up right before the end, but with a lack of bell ringers he's not so sure it'll go that way, so volunteers are needed as well.
"We're really looking forward to the public stepping up to the plate going to registertoring.com and signing up by ringing for two hours can feed a family for a week," he said.
Not only can you feed them. You can clothe them.
"We are still looking for clothing donations for Angel Tree. We've got just a couple days left to meet our goal. We're just a little over half way there now," Timothy Smith, Social Service Director for the Salvation Army said
They have about 2,000 children they're trying to take care of.
"They get the clothes from us, the toys from Toys for Tots," Smith added.
The Salvation Army will be distributing the donations to families next week.