Flint & Shiawassee Salvation Army down $35K in donations over 2017

Salvation Army red kettle volunteer. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

FLINT, Mich. - 'Tis the season for giving and receiving.

And with just a week before Christmas, one charitable organization is asking for help in their ongoing mission to do both.

The request comes from a group that's most visible this time of year.

And it is an urgent appeal. An appeal for help from the Salvation Army.

A page from their website makes the message is clear: "The greatest need right now is monetary donations."

As they do every year, an army of volunteers are manning the iconic red kettles throughout Mid-Michigan with hopes of making the upcoming holidays a bit brighter for needy families.

But in Genesee and Shiawassee Counties, the Salvation Army says it is struggling.

“We're down from about $35,000 behind last year. So, we're turning to the community and please help us out. Please donate to that red kettle,” said Major Randy Hellstrom.

And as you do, Major Hellstrom adds another reason for a sense of urgency to this last-minute red kettle appeal the money raised this time of the year goes far beyond fulfilling the needs of the needy during the Christmas holidays.

"This is our budget for the year. It's like a lot of other companies and businesses. We raise our biggest dollars right here at Christmas time. So, when this falls behind, it affects us all year.”

Christmas Eve day is expected to again be the largest "kettle day" of the season.

There will be no collections on Christmas day.

If you can't make it to a kettle in the days ahead, you can donate directly by mail to the Salvation Army in Flint or on their website.

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