At 2 p.m. Christmas Eve, the iconic red kettles of the Salvation Army were packed up for the year. But after coming up shy of its $115,000 goal, the Lawrence chapter still hopes to receive a few more contributions online or over the phone.
Jim Evers, development director, said Tuesday that he expects the amount to reach about $98,000, similar to last year's total. It will take almost a week for the organization to make a final tally of donations, Evers said.
The local chapter had raised 63 percent of this year's goal by Dec. 19, Evers said. The proceeds will help fund the organization's food, housing and utilities assistance programs, as well as its food pantry.
Donations can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or visiting donate.salvationarmyusa.org.
Contributions probably came up short this year because there was one fewer week between Thanksgiving and Christmas and because of colder weather, Evers said.