Wichita Salvation Army issues plea for monetary donations

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

It's the last busy Christmas shopping day and the Wichita Salvation Army is hoping to benefit.

Organizers say they're short of their $1.4 million Red Kettles goal by nearly $500,000.

The group says volunteers will be out all day Saturday accepting donations. You can also take your donation to the Salvation Army office until January 31.

City Commander Wheeler says he's concerned about economic challenges, but is also optimistic saying:

“We face a challenge that impacts more than Christmas assistance, but also in providing programs that restore hope and transform lives throughout the year. We are counting on the generosity of Wichitans to help us continue to do the most good in our community.”

The Wichita Salvation Army has received applications for holiday assistance from 3,128 families. The organization has served 13,911 individuals, including 680 seniors. Assisting children is also critical and the organization has helped 10,103 children and distributed 30,309 toys.

KAKE News viewers helped in these efforts by donating a mountain of toys to children in need this year.

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