The Salvation Army Capital Region Corps is hoping for a surge in donations as they are $16,000 behind in their goal compared to last year.

According to the KJ, in order to cover an increased demand for Christmas assistance, the annual Red Kettle Campaign has a goal of collecting $90,000.

Serving the towns of Augusta, Hallowell, Chelsea, Sidney, Waterville and Winslow, the organization served nearly 42,000 people during 2015.  They recently partnered with St. Michael School in Augusta to distribute toys and other gifts (collected by The VA Maine Heathcare System - Togus employees) to 180 local families.

Donate at one of the 130 Red Kettles located around the state.

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