WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF) - The Salvation Army's red kettle campaign is well under way, but the Wheeling organization finds itself falling short of its goal.
For Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler counties, the goal is $135,000. So far they've only raised $28,000.
Even factoring in the time they have left, they are $17,000 behind where they should be.
The Salvation Army say if everyone in the four-county area would just give $3,73 they would meet their goal in a single day.
"When you hear those bells ringing, make sure you drop what you can in there to help us do the most good and help those who are less fortunate in our community," urged Captain Benny Carringer of the Salvation Army. "This money allows the Salvation Army to operate our shelter program, our feeding program, our clothing assistance, so this money today really helps us till next year get into those dry months so we can better serve our community and the City of Wheeling."
The Salvation Army could also still use more volunteers, either individuals, civic groups or families.
This year there are 600 children signed up for Christmas assistance. If you've taken a name from the Angel Tree, Captain Carringer reminds you to please shop for that child and bring in those presents by the deadline of December 10th to the office on 16th Street.
Distribution day is December 18th, but the kettle bell campaign will continue through Christmas Eve.