LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign got off to a slow start this year because of a late Thanksgiving holiday and bad weather on key bell-ringing days.
Donations have managed to catch up, but the campaign is still about $18,000 away from it's goal. There are only a few days left to donate.
While the traditional bell-ringing for the Kettle Campaign ended on Christmas Eve, the Salvation Army is still taking donations online through December 31.
Officials say so far the Bluegrass community has given more than $466,000 toward the campaign. The goal is to reach $485,000.
Donations can be made through the Salvation Army’s website using credit or debit. Officials say all of the funds raised will stay in the county to serve the poor.
"The Kettle campaign is our largest fundraiser and it's the money really that closes the gap to make sure that we can keep the shelter open all year long," explains Major Debra Ashcraft, Area Services Associate Coordinator. "We can keep our educational programs for homeless and at-risk youth going. We can keep food in the pantry. So it's a very important fundraiser for us.”
Contributions toward the Red Kettle Campaign can also be made by donating blood at the Kentucky Blood Center by December 31.