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Salvation Army needs help to reach campaign goal

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'Tis the season of giving, but unfortunately, people didn't shell out as much cash as they have in year's past when it comes to those red kettles.

The Salvation Army is short tens of thousands of dollars for this year's Red Kettle Campaign, and if donations don't start coming in soon, families may be in trouble.

Ron Burr of New Carlisle is a Vietnam veteran and the grandfather to 12 little ones. "I have three grandchildren who live here and my daughter is living here now, too," says Burr.

It's a situation that's put Burr in a tough financial spot. So he's had to call on the Salvation Army at the Kroc Center the past couple years, for a little extra help.

"They've helped us out with Christmas, with food for Christmas, utility assistance and Christmas gifts for the grandchildren," says Burr.

Those are just some of the ways the non-profit helps local families all year-round.    

But this year, the Salvation Army in St. Joseph County is concerned.

The non-profit is more than $90,000 thousand behind in its annual Red Kettle Campaign goal.

"I've been an officer and worked with the Salvation Army for 23 years and I've never seen numbers like this before. We're way behind.," says Major Collette Webster, who is an administrator at the Kroc Center.

The Salvation Army is asking folks to help so they don't have to cut services to as many as 500 families and use a word they never use.

"We're the Salvation Army. We don't say no. We live in good faith that people will help and that people will come and people will donate so we don't have to say that word," says Webster.

Burr is grateful for the Salvation Army's help and says without them, Christmas may not have happened.

"The Salvation Army needs all the help they can get this year. If not, there's a lot of people who will go hungry, or without next year," says Burr.

One generous donor has already got the ball rolling with a $10 thousand donation and is asking the community to match it.

You can drop a donation off at the Kroc Center in South Bend on W Western Avenue or donate online here. You can also mail a donation to: The Salvation Army, 900 W Western Avenue, South Bend, IN 46601.

Donations in by December 31st are tax deductible, but if you don't make it by then, the campaign goes through the end of January and your donation will be tax deductible for 2014.

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