DETROIT (WWJ) – Thursday is the final day of the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign.

Bell ringers will be out in front of select Emagine Theaters and Kroger stores on New Year’s Eve in the last push for donations. The organization still needs about $3 million to reach its red kettle goal of $8.7 million.

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Can’t make it to a kettle? — Donate online at this link

Call 877-SAL-MICH or make a donation by texting “SALMICH” to 71777

Although the red kettles will be disappearing from storefronts, donations will be collected through Jan. 31, the campaign’s official end date.

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““Our red kettle goal is within our reach,”” Major Russell Sjögren, Metro Detroit Area Commander of the Salvation Army, said in a statement. ““We are grateful to the community for being so generous this season, but we are hoping people can find a way to dig just a little deeper to help us achieve our goal and ensure we can maintain all of our programs and services in the coming year.””

To make a tax-deductible contribution to The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign:

• Drop a donation into one of the hundreds of red kettles at storefronts across metro Detroit through Dec. 24.
• Visit www.salmich.org
• Call 877-SAL-MICH
• Text “SALMICH” to 71777 to donate via mobile phone
• Send a check or money order, made payable to The Salvation Army, to: 16130 Northland Dr., Southfield, MI 48075

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Red kettle funds support programs and services that assist local families and individuals in times of need 365 days a year across Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, including food and shelter. Last year, The Salvation Army was able to provide more than 3 million meals and more than 730,000 nights of shelter to those in need through Red Kettle Campaign funding.