The Salvation Army Red Kettles are filling up at a very slow pace this year, and with Christmas Eve being on Sunday this year the impact will be even greater.
Today's event went from 9:30 a.m.to 11 a.m.
He said, "We believe that every child deserves a Merry Christmas".
Only five days left in the campaign, Captain Josh Boyd, Officer of The Salvation Army in Missoula, asks the community to come out and help close the gap. "You think you're going to run out, but we'll have enough". No matter the wish written on angel-shaped tags, the Salvation Army handed out thousands of gifts to more than 400 Tehachapi children and their families Wednesday morning as they waited in line at the Monroe High School gym.
"We do what we do because we care about people and we want to help people". The organization, which hosts a similar initiative during the Thanksgiving season, is accumulating a list of people in need to put together food boxes with the means to cook one's own meal.
Schultz said about 500 children received toys at Wesley House this week.
A few days before Christmas, these families will return to receive a gift card to a local grocery store and parents are provided the opportunity to select toys for their children from the donated Toy Depot.
The Red Kettle Campaign is the Salvation Army's largest annual fundraiser.
"For over 130 years, The Salvation Army has provided hope and dignity to people in need across the country", says Major John Murray, Territorial Public Relations and Development Secretary. She also suggested cutbacks by local employers have caused a trickle-down effect to non-profit organizations. "So, we're asking Vancouver to make donations and help us continue to help others in Clark County". There are others who have someone who will let them come in to sleep on the floor or couch, he said.