Salvation Army in dire need of more donations

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OLATHE, Kan. -- Although the Salvation Army has already helped out more than 800 families in need this holiday season, donations as of now are significantly down compared to last year.

The Salvation Army of Olathe is down about $30,000 and leaders are extremely worried. They are asking the public to drop off more donations in their red kettles, at the Salvation Army office at 420 East Santa Fe in Olathe, or make a donation online.

If those donations do not come in by the end of January, the Salvation Army will have to cut back on the number of families they help in the spring and summer.

"It would mean that we would have less dollars available to help with utility and rental assistance," Major Mark Martsolf said. "We would have less dollars to purchase food for our pantry, which we do on a regular on-going basis, so it means, generally, we would be able to deliver less service to the community."

Martsolf is hoping people hear his plea and open their hearts and wallets and give generously to the bell ringers.

Johnson County bell ringers will be at their posts until 4 p.m. Thursday, on Christmas Eve.