Kettle campaign far short of $21 million goal, Salvation Army says

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QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:17 PM ET

With just a week to go until Christmas, the Salvation Army says it is just a little over halfway to its goal of raising $21 million in the annual kettle campaign.

So far, $11.4 million has been raised.

"Although we are currently $9.6 million away from our goal this Christmas, we are grateful to those who have already donated," Captain Les Marshall said in a release.

The Salvation Army said the money collected in the kettles stays in local communities to help with shelters for homeless people, rehabilitation for those with addiction, food banks and meal programs, as well as practical support for individuals and families.

The church says it helps more than 1.8 million Canadians.