Last day of Red Kettle campaign

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A local non-profit organization that helps many in the community now needs your help.

The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign is the longest-standing campaign in the United States, according to Major Jim Curl.

The bell ringers and red kettles are a familiar sight during the holiday season. However, donations are behind this year.

“Primarily because we just need more people on the street,” said Major Curl. “We count on volunteers to man those kettles and if we could get volunteers out there, the kettles do very very well.”

The Salvation Army is halfway to its $1.5 million goal.

“We’re as strong as the community is, and we are really thankful to be part of Wichita and doing what we can do here in this community to serve thousands of people every year,” he said.

The donations help the organization’s Christmas operations, as well as day-to-day operations.

If the funds don’t come in, the organization has to look at areas where it can reduce expenses.

“My goal as a city commander is to simple say that we will strive our very most to not reduce any service to people, which means other things are impacted during the process but service to people is what we do,” Major Curl said.

Christmas Eve is the last day to donate to the Red Kettle campaign.

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