This year's typical giving season between Thanksgiving and Christmas is six days shorter than last year.

The Red Kettles and bell ringers are officially out in some locations collecting donations for the Salvation Army.

Warren's Salvation Army has set a goal to raise $100,00 this season.

A goal they fell about $12,000 short of last year.

This year they have less time between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

"It happens every couple years," said Captain Christopher Williams. "We get that shorter season, and then we get a longer season the year after, so it always balances out."

Come Black Friday; the kettles will be in all of their locations, including the Eastwood Mall.

For the first time, people will be able to donate with Apple or Google Pay.

By holding a smartphone up to the Apple or Google Pay logo on the Salvation Army Sign, the phone will automatically pull up the Salvation Army's donation website where they have made it simple to give.

"This is a great way to donate for those who don't carry cash," said Williams.

The Salvation Army of Warren is helping 600 kids and 1,500 families this holiday season with gifts and food.

The funds they raise with the Red Kettle Campaign help with their food pantry, after school programs, and monthly soup kitchen.

The Salvation Army of Warren is hoping to gain some more volunteers to ring the bell.

You can call 330-392-1573 if you would like to volunteer.