There were two Christmas kettle's set up in Cochrane for the annual Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign.

One at Save On Foods and the other at Walmart. They were there from mid November until Christmas Eve. 

The Calgary area Salvation Army is getting closer to its fundraising goal for 2019 thanks to a boost in donations on the final week of the Christmas Kettle Campaign.

The organizations 2019 campaign has raised close to 85 per cent of its fundraising goal of $1.1 million.

But there was some worry just a couple of weeks ago, as the Salvation Army announced that the campaign had only raised 55 per cent of its goal six days before the deadline.

Lyn Webber was ringing her bell and accepting donations for the campaign at Save On Foods before Christmas and says donations weren't coming in quite as fast as other years.

She says "A little slower then we'd like. The need is always greater than the donations. But it is going well here in Cochrane."

Webber has been volunteering for the annual campaign for years. 

She says "To me it's really important. I've been involved with the Salvation Army for over 30 years. I used to belong to the Salvation Army, it's only distance that's preventing it because we don't have one here in Cochrane. But it's always been important for me to be able to give back."

Money raised from the campaign is used to fund services put on by the Salvation Army throughout the year, which includes shelter and housing programs, ESL classes, school supplies, job search services and hot meals.