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But much of the Christmas giving, and year around help for that matter, wouldn't happen without donations made at the Salvation Army Christmas kettles.

If you've shopped at the Walmart in Chandler at Loop 202 Santan Freeway and Gilbert Road, then you've probably encountered Charles Canfield. Take a shift ringing the bell!

"It's been tougher than we thought to keep on target to reach our goal this year", Ian McKenzie, the executive director at the Centre of Hope, said Tuesday.

When you put money in our kettle, expect change!

For him, it all comes down to one world.

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In fact, Canfield's pockets are stocked with sweet rewards for kids. "I'm asking area residents and businesses alike to please give what they can, including their prayers".

Summer Camp: Every summer, kids from our local community have the opportunity to enjoy our Camp in Richardsville, aptly named Camp Happyland.

"It makes me feel good, and it makes me feel happy", she said.

He has handed out 750 candy canes so far this year.

Last year, 55 per cent of the spots were filled at this time.

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It's a coat he probably would have worn on Friday, if the bell ringers had worked.

The campaign is the major fundraiser for the Salvation Army, and thanks to helping hands, the overhead is low.

Folks walking by got a chance to donate to the Red Kettle holiday drive and pet the once-wild donkeys.

In addition to serving hot meals, the Salvation Army will be providing Christmas food boxes and Angel Tree gifts to 170 families in Jackson County and 120 food boxes to families in Greer County.

Volunteers at the Salvation Army headquarters in Concord on Thursday sorted presents for children in need, an effort that is funded by the Red Kettle campaign.

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Community Garden: The Community Garden is located behind the Corps building and operates throughout the summer to provide fresh vegetables to the feeding program and to food distribution.

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