KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Salvation Army is $300,000 behind its red kettle goal in the Kansas City metro this year.
"People don't carry as much change," said Major David Harvey with the Salvation Army.
The season of giving has taken a hit nationwide with red kettle contributions being down in other cities as well.
There are four days left for red kettle donations to reach their goal as the campaign wraps on Saturday, December 23.
"It's critical right now that we don't forget our neighbors during this time of year," said Harvey.
Without the funds, the Salvation Army would have to cut the number of families they help in the metro.
"Dollars that we get right now don't go just for Christmas time, but it's going to support these families to get them through a crisis," said Harvey.
All the money collected will help people keep the heat on, provide family dinners, and other basic needs for families across the metro.
As kettles are becoming cashless, the Salvation Army is accepting donations online and through text message. Text 'CHANGE' TO 41444.