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The Salvation Army says donations for its "Red Kettle Campaign" are down here in the Valley. Even though there are only two days left in the campaign, the money collected is used year-round.
Money raised during last year's kettle drive will help feed more than 6,000 people this Christmas in the Phoenix area. We caught up with volunteers snapping beans, cutting up turkey and making cranberry sauce.
Dodd O'Neill has been volunteering with his family for the past three years.
"Once you come out of here, you wish you could come back and do it again," he says. "I realize, I think, that we're a little more fortunate than some folks and it's just our opportunity to give back."
But once those dinners are served the giving doesn't stop. With five fewer bell ringing days this year because of late Thanksgiving, the donations are down about $250,000.
"Utility assistance, rental assistance, program services, youth services, services to seniors, the list is great," says Major John Brackenbury. "All of those donations go to help provide support for those programs."
"When we leave here every year, our feeling is we want to do it more often and unfortunately we haven't, it's that type of feeling when you leave," O'Neill said.
The Salvation Army says it's also getting fewer federal dollars to help and if needs aren't met, certain services may be cut.
The Red Kettle Campaign runs through Christmas Eve. You can also give at salvationarmyphoenix.org .