Mid-Missouri's Red Kettle Campaign needs your help

The Mid-Missouri Red Kettle Campaign helps the less fortunate with clothes, shelter, and food. But this year the campaign needs your help to meet its goals.

Bell ringers are out in full force trying to raise money for the Red Kettle Campaign.

But right now Mid-Missouri TMs campaign is having a hard time getting into the holiday spirit.

"We're about $60,000 behind our goal here in Mid-Missouri. That's for Columbia and Jefferson City. We also need volunteers. We have had volunteers coming out and helping, but we need more volunteers, Salvation Army's Major Kendall Mathews said.

Mathews said he's a little nervous about reaching this year's goal.

The goal in Columbia is a little more than $340,000 and in Jefferson City it's $250,000.

Mathews said he's optimistic and has a lot of hope that everything will work out.

"Without this income coming in we cannot serve as many people as we TMve served in the past. We don't want anyone to be homeless, hungry, and we don't want any child to be coat-less, Mathews said.

Mathews said 85-percent of every dollar donated to the Red Kettle Campaign goes directly to those who need it like, Frances Young. She is a bell ringer for the Salvation Army.

"Right now it's helping by putting a roof over my head and it's keeping food in my stomach; so I know now where my next meal is coming from. It just really has given me peace of mind to know that things are getting better and getting back to where they're suppose to be, Salvation Army Bell Ringer Frances Young said.

If you would like to donate to the Red Kettle Campaign you can go to any red kettle location and donate. You can also donate at the Salvation Army. But if you don't want to donate in person you can also go online at:

" It's not just about giving money, you can also give with your time and talents. So you could be a volunteer and help us with this cause, Mathews said.