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Salvation Army: "We need a Christmas miracle" to meet needs this season

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Salvation Army: "We need a Christmas miracle" to meet needs this season

By Colleen Hogan. CREATED Dec 20, 2012

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Salvation Army officials say they're in need of a Christmas miracle this holiday season to meet the needs of thousands of families.

Four In Your Corner's Colleen Hogan is finding out the many ways you can make a difference.

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Volunteers have been giving out toys to pre-screened parents for the last couple days but what they have left in the shop, is only enough to get them through Thursday. The Salvation Army is actually in desperate need of more toys, especially for the older kids. 

Donations to the red kettle campaign are way down this year as well.

They're committed to raising $720,000. So far, they've only raised about half.

"That's a huge gap for us to try and make up," Salvation Army Major Tom Louden said.

Louden says the money from the kettles goes to support their mission throughout the year, which includes food, shelter, programs and ministry.

They have had an increased demand for their services this year. They're serving an additional 2,000 families that have never asked for help before. But through it all, Louden encourages everyone to give and keep perspective.

"Look to others," he said. "No matter where we are in our own life right now, no matter how many challenges we maybe facing, it helps us to reach out to someone else. It gives us the right perspective."

To donate a new toy, you can drop it off at the distribution center at 3048 Metro Pkwy., or any Salvation Army store.

The red kettle campaign ends this Saturday.

Colleen Hogan, reporter
chogan@jrn.com