ROME- Officials with the Salvation Army of Rome stood outside the Walmart in Rome for 24 hours collecting donations.
Just days before the Red Kettle campaign ended, the Salvation Army of Rome did one last push to bring in more donations so they could meet their mark before Christmas.
As of Friday night, the organization was down $15,000. They kicked off the 24-hour marathon with Rome Mayor Jackie Izzo and Congressman-elect Anthony Brindisi. Walmart wrote a check for $1,000, and an anonymous donor gave a $5,000 check for the marathon.
Officials with the Salvation Army said the donations are needed because they're seeing a greater need in the area. "This year is a record number for us for people that are walking through the door to receive assistance in the way of gifts including a Christmas dinner," said Captain Alan Krueger. He said he served 400 people just on Thursday.
Captain Krueger will be out collecting donations starting Friday, December 21 at 6 p.m. to Saturday December 22 at 6 p.m.
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