Donations down for Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle campaign

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By 11 a.m., fewer than 20 bicycles remained and very few bags of toys and food.

"We are lower than we were previous year this time", said Darrell Pilgrim, executive director with the Salvation Army Ridge Meadows Ministries.

"We also see a lot of young ladies with children [and they are] not working".

Literally hundreds of thousands of Western Pennsylvanians are assisted by The Salvation Army each year during times of crisis.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is collecting toys to help kids for the Salvation Army's Angel Tree project. The App allows donors to select a Christmas kettle in their community by scanning a QR code or by using an interactive map.

Red kettles will be out on Fridays and Saturdays for the next two weekends. A new blitz for the annual Red Kettle campaign is aimed at changing that.

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Payton has a stool he can sit down on if he gets exhausted but said it seems like the more steady people are coming in, "it gives me energy and I can stand up longer", he said. Brian Burkett, corps commander of the Topeka Salvation Army, on Thursday morning.

She has reached out to different people in town, encouraging families to participate, but has so far been unsuccessful in finding the volunteers she needs.

"I'm proud to work for a company like King Soopers", she said.

To donate, you can stop by the Salvation Army between 9 and 4 on 8th Street or mail them to the Salvation Army, Box 1362, Joplin, MO 64802.

The Salvation Army is one of the most trusted human service organizations and is committed to "Doing the Most Good" with your contributions, time and resources-$.87 of every dollar goes directly to programming/services. "We've had great support through civic organizations, churches, clubs, sports teams, musical groups and individuals, but we need volunteers up through the 23rd of December".