The Salvation Army has just one week left in its annual Red Kettle Campaign and still needs to raise $50,000 to reach its goal. They're urging members of the Tuscaloosa community to contribute as the event draws to a close.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the national fundraising campaign has had to operate a bit differently this year, with the iconic red kettles and bell ringers disappearing from most storefronts across the area in favor of online donations.

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"We rely heavily on the funds received during this season to fund our feeding and shelter programs," said Major Bill Shafer, Corps Officer with The Salvation Army of Tuscaloosa. "We are so thankful for those who have supported us thus far. Please help us make this season a big win for our neighbors in need."

The 2020 Kettle Campaign started early in November with a goal of raising $100,000. With one week left to go, though, they've only managed to raise $53,741.86.

"We are so appreciative and honored that our community has supported us during this difficult time," a Monday press release read. "Although this year looks a little different, the kettles still bring positive change to our community."

The Red Kettles are The Salvation Army's largest annual campaign with a history going back 130 years. Proceeds go towards local programs and services including providing food and shelter for those in need, as well as providing Christmas gifts to local families.

To support the campaign, donors can visit the Red Kettle website, or contact Tuscaloosa TSA Major Bill Shafer at 205-632-3691.

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