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MINNEAPOLIS - The holiday season is when local charities rely on generous donations.

"We can't serve people if without people moved to give," says Annette Bauer with the Salvation Army, Northern Division. "We need people to donate and put money in our kettles."

The Salvation Army is nearing the end of their campaign and hoping to raise 9.8 million dollars. To date, they've raised 7.6 million. The red kettle campaign runs through Christmas Eve, but donations will be accepted through the end of the year.

"We're expecting to serve another 230 thousand people in the Twin Cities this coming 2013 and we need help to do that," said Bauer.

The staff at Sharing and Caring Hands in Minneapolis say monetary donations are a great "last minute" gift idea. They serve 20,000 people each month.

Officials with the Greater Twin Cities United Way say they're hoping to meet their year-end financial goals, but stress that volunteer opportunities are still available, too.

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