How much the Salvation Army still needs to raise before Christmas

QUAD CITIES -- The Salvation Army is still looking to raise about $500,000 to reach their 2016 goal.

The bar has been set at $815,000 by December 24th.  Part of raising that money is getting enough volunteers to ring bells for their Red Kettle Campaign.

Normally the bell ringing volunteer spots are about 80% full.  This year, however, the organization is struggling to fill just half of those positions.

The money raised by the campaign goes right back into the Quad Cities community.  Funds are used not only for the Christmas season, but for services year round.

Related: Why Saturday may be the best day to drop change in Salvation Army red kettles

Salvation Army coordinator, Major Gary Felton, said every little bit helps.

"The Salvation Army isn't only about helping people, we're about transforming lives. We want to make a difference in the lives of people," he said.

If you would like to help out with the Salvation Army’s Christmas programs, click here for volunteer opportunities or contact Sarah Hite at 563-324-4808.

Related: Anonymous donor offers $5,000 if Salvation Army can get enough volunteers before Christmas