Gainesville's Red Kettle campaign lags behind last year

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"I just want to encourage people to not pass us by," Maj. Hank Harwell said.

The Red Kettle fundraising effort of the Salvation Army in Gainesville is lagging $2,000 behind last year's pace, and its leader is concerned they may fall short of their goal.

The campaign started Nov. 17 and, as of Friday, bell-ringers had raised $37,000, said Maj. Hank Harwell. The campaign wraps up on Dec. 23 with a goal of $150,000.

Last year they collected $143,000 to serve those in need.

"I just want to encourage people to not pass us by," Harwell said.

"Everything we raise here supports the work of the Salvation Army in Gainesville and Alachua County, not just at Christmastime but really all year round."

Salvation Army bell-ringers and their buckets are at many area stores, including Walmart, Publix, Winn-Dixie and Hobby Lobby locations; JC Penney and Macy’s at Oaks Mall; and Bass Pro Shops.

In a news release the Salvation Army is also urging people to organize fundraisers through RedKettleReason.org or donated by texting the word “KETTLES” to 51555.

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