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Monica Seiler, Salvation Army Captain, said, "This is more like a marathon".

While the Salvation Army has reached its goal in collecting enough food and gifts to assist almost 600 households this holiday season, the Red Kettle Campaign is in need of more help.

Toot'n Totum is The Salvation Army's largest Business Angel Tree and largest kettle partner.

"If our kettles aren't out with the volunteers, then we're not getting the money".

The goal combines red kettle, direct mail and year-end corporate donations, which go to support multiple social service programs in the community.

On Dec. 7, Laconia police responded to Main Street for a report of theft of money from the Salvation Army holiday collection bucket.

The theft will cost Chicago's Temple Community Corps almost $1,000 "in replacing the equipment and loss of donations", Shanna Schwarze with the Salvation Army Metropolitan Division said in a statement. Developed with the Royal Bank of Canada, the "Salvation Army Kettle App" can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play. These online kettles can be created at www.FilltheKettle.com. The donations stay in the community to provide gifts and assistance to individuals and families throughout the Christmas season and into 2018.