The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign raised more money this year than last, but it’s still short of its goal.
As of Friday, $239,792.68 was dropped into the buckets this season. That's about $14,000 short of the goal, but doesn't include the Ho-Chunk nation's donation from the first Match Day.
The money makes up about one third of the non-profit's budget and it covers every program from serving meals to providing a place to sleep at night.
"Just five dollars will buy a person one night's shelter and a hot shower in the morning, so just a small donation like that will be a huge thing to somebody else," said Salvation Army’s Public Relations and Development Director Julie Nelson.
The campaign as a whole doesn't end until January 31. Right now, they're about 75-percent of the way towards the goal.
A special donation match event began on Thursday and goes through the end of the year. A community member who wants to stay anonymous says he or she will match up to $5,000 donated Thursday through December 31.