The Bell County chapter of the Salvation Army is $40,000 shy of its goal. Residents have until 2 a.m. Monday to donate to the nonprofit’s cause.

The local chapter is one of the few Salvation Army units that does not receive a single grant, said Lt. Chris Bryant, corps officer for west Bell County Salvation Army locations, who hoped to raise $100,000 during the campaign.

Red Kettle Campaign bell ringers will collect donations outside 14 Bell County stores, including Walgreens, Walmart, Big Lots and Hobby Lobby through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, the campaign’s last day.

The funds raised from the bell ringers makes up about 15 percent of the nonprofit’s annual budget, Bryant said. “We’re at $60,000. When we don’t make enough money in this time of year, we start running out in August.”

Last year, the nonprofit raised a record $94,000.

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