Some Salvation Army Red Kettles are struggling to fill up

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NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) - The season of giving is upon us and this is the time of the year when non-profit organizations, like the Salvation Army, collect the donations and funding needed to help community members year-round.

This year, there are quite a few chapters of the Salvation Army that are behind in collecting the money needed to help the community.

In New Bern, administrators say thankfully that's not the case. Major Gene Gessner says they are right on track with collections compared to last year.

The Red Kettles are a major reason the Salvation Army can provide about 350 families with holiday help, like meals, clothing, and gifts for children.

The kettles are usually set up at major stores, like JCPenney, Walmart, Harris Teeter, and Belk, but earlier this year, Belk had announced it would not allow them to set up.

That is until earlier this week after the company heard public feedback and reversed its decision.

"It's good to have that one, you know it's good to have any store, but we were a little nervous because that was one of our regular locations and we're glad things worked out and that Belk and the Army are working together," Gessner says.

The Red Kettles will be out in communities around Eastern Carolina until Christmas Eve on December 24th.

Officials say they have anywhere from six to seven red kettles out on the weekdays and about a dozen on the weekends.

Officials say they are grateful that the community is so giving this time of year.

As for why other Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaigns are struggling, officials say it could be because people are struggling financially or due to people relying more on credit cards rather than carrying cash to buy gifts.