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Charities hope holiday donations continue to pour in

Posted: 11:18 PM, Dec 09, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-10 06:47:20-05
Charities hope holiday donations keep coming
Charities hope holiday donations keep coming

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — This time of year, many people are in the giving spirit with Christmas just a little more than 2 weeks away. 

But some charities are still short of their goals and hoping more donations pour in. 

"We're not quite 50-percent of our goal," said Salvation Army Major David Harvey. 

It's crunch time for them this time of year. 

"Every penny, every nickel, every quarter is important, but it's us as a community that come together that those gifts make a real impact," Harvey said. 

One of those trying to make an impact is Sarah Tschauder, donating canned food to Harvesters, which put out bins in front of Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. 

"It's the time of year to do that," Tschauder said. 

She got Chiefs tickets from a charity auction and wanted to pay it forward and teach her kids this is what the holidays are all about. 

"We want to make sure that they know that giving back to the community is an important part of being a part of the community," Tschauder said. 

Last year, the food drive set a record. 

"We end up being one of the biggest NFL food drives in the country," said Sarah Biles, director of communications at Harvesters. 

Biles said they are about on par with where they should be with donations but stresses the need is always there. 

"The need remains high in our area and across the country, hunger is a year-round issue, unfortunately," Biles said. 

But these organizations remain hopeful the community will continue to help each other out. 

"The people of Kansas City give because it's the right thing to do and because we support each other as neighbors," Harvey said.

Here are a few charities to accepting holiday donations:

Harvesters

Salvation Army

Della Lamb