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Salvation Army short on donations for Red Kettle Campaign

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The Salvation Army relies on Red Kettle donations every holiday season to fund its programs throughout the year.

The Genesee County Salvation Army is seeing a drop in donations this season, leaving the charitable organization a little light in the pockets heading into 2017.

"We're about $25,000 behind where we were at this point last year. We're at about 45 percent of our goal," Capt. Caleb Senn said.

Christmas Eve is the last day of the Red Kettle Campaign. A lack of support this year could put more than just Christmas programs in jeopardy.

"So this is our biggest fundraiser. This is really the only time we have to collect as much funds as we can to keep us running all year around," Senn said.

That includes getting food to families, programs that give children a safe place to go after school and more.

"Summer day camps, summer feeding programs so that kids who aren't in school during the summer can still have lunch and still have healthy meals. All that happens year around and this is the biggest fundraiser," Senn said.

He said there's even more of a reason to give now. From now through Christmas Eve Jennings Foundation and Flint Automobile Association will match dollar to dollar.

"So people put their money in. It's going to be literally double up to $20,000. So that's exciting for people to have that feeling. They're not only helping a little bit, they're helping a great deal," Senn said.

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