(WENY)-- Tuesday, December 24th, is the last day you will hear the ringing of bells in the air as the red kettle campaign for the Salvation Army is coming to a close. Salvation Army's all over are asking for their communities help more than ever as their fundraising numbers are down this year. The local non-profits told WENY News the low numbers are happening because of how late Thanksgiving was this year. Because of the late holiday, they were not able to start the campaign, which helps hundreds of local families even past the holiday season.

"It goes to our Christmas effort and we provide food and clothing and toys for area families. It also goes towards our continuing operations, we have a large food pantry where we serve 850 clients a month," says Major Craig Hagerty, Commanding Officer of the Salvation Army of Elmira. 

If you were unable to make a donation this year and still would like to, you can click here to donate and learn more about what the Salvation Army does.