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Some of those who gathered outside the Salvation Army's headquarters for the annual hamper distribution

To find out if there's an urgent need in your community, call your local Salvation Army office so that no child is left on a waiting list Christmas morning.

The annual Red Kettle Campaign supports programs and activities that help disadvantaged families with food, clothing and keeping a warm place to live.

In Waseca, red kettles are set up at Walmart, Bomgaars and Hy-Vee on Fridays and Saturdays. Last year the charity was unable to provide for everyone on its list, and executive director Cindy Smith said it's struggling again this year. Nearly $2.500 was raised. This year, they're helping more than 4,000. On Friday distribution hours will be from 9 to11:30 a.m.

She has reached out to different people in town, encouraging families to participate, but has so far been unsuccessful in finding the volunteers she needs. The concern we have, though, is the amount of young people coming through.

Bowers said people can also help by volunteering.

"As of (Wednesday) we've only made $37,826, a little over 50 percent", he said.

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In the past, funds were used to help buy winter clothes for kids, bus tickets, tanks of gas and medications.

Only this year, Roach's kettle and the 54 others across the Upstate are not filling up. "We're out here to do our part and help solicit and obtain contributions to allow the Salvation Army to have better success".

Fewer people have been out and about in the very cold days more recently, too, Douglas said.

Anyone interested in volunteering can visit and type in Veroeven's email address,

"If they want to dress up or play Christmas music, I encourage that", she said. "I start with one item on the bed and lay them all out and work my way through".

"We are asking community members to contribute according to their blessings this year", Thompson said. He chose to emulate what he saw as a sailor in Liverpool, England when one of the ports featured a large iron kettle called "Simpson's Pot" into which people could toss coins to help the poor.

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