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Kettle Drive Donations Fall Short

Salvation Army has only collected 61% of its $400,000 goal
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) "Makes me nervous when we don't get to our goal because I know that means unmet needs," said Chuck Cook with the Salvation Army.
  
Chuck Cook with the Salvation Army says they've reached sixty-one percent  of their $400,000 goal but says it's still not enough.
  
He says athough they collect the most money during the holidays, it's used and needed year round.
  
"We work year round, it's not just Christmas that we work. We try and do this 365 days a year to give people a place to sleep that's warm and something warm to eat and even provide an entry way for a few hours to get warm," added Cook.

But that hasn't stopped people from giving.

Volunteers say their grateful to help collect money for the organization.

"I'm just proud to come out and share and help them raise money to benefit those people that aren't as fortunate as I am," says volunteer Lonnie Young.

For Ruth Thaer, this was her first year volunteering but says it won't be her last.

"What better thing can you do to help out so I was placed here and I'm very happy and I want to do it every year from now on," said Thaer.

Thaer said she's impressed with the response from the community.

"They're doing the very best that they can and people have been very generous," added Thaer.

Even if the goal isn't reached people are glad knowing they've made a difference in someone's life.

"It's a shame that people in our country have to live like that," added Young.

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