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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Christmas is a little over a week away, and those red kettles you're used to seeing this time of year could really use a boost.

We called the Salvation Army to check on the annual charity drive, and were so surprised to hear that donations are down..way down. They've dropped by 40 percent.

The Salvation Army Red Kettles have collected not quite $600,000 so far this season, compared to $1 million at this time last year. The annual Tree of Lights campaign is also running behind.

The Salvation Army is asking for St. Louisans to be generous and consider making a bigger contribution when they see the kettles. Money raised stays in our region and helps pay for food and necessities for people in need.

We checked with a couple of other charities to see how their December fundraising is going. We learned that donations are up this season at the United Way and The American Red Cross.

You can make a donation at any Red Kettle in the area on online through the Salvation Army's website.