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Salvation Army, behind on donations, gets unusual boost

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At this point in the holiday season, the Salvation Army hoped its red kettle campaign would have raised about $200,000 to assist homeless and needy families this time of year.

Right now, it has about half that amount.

If you need inspiration to give, look to Emma Baier and Lizzy Turner.

"I would say anybody at any age could do service. It doesn't matter how old you are," said Emma.

Keeping the homeless warm is a problem the two friends solved like they would solve their math homework.

Both are 10-year-old fifth-graders at Lamping Elementary School.

The pair answered a plea for help from the Salvation Army that they heard on the news last week, when temperatures plunged below freezing.

"My mom said it would be OK if we went around the neighborhood to collect stuff," said Emma. 

The two handed out flyers asking neighbors to leave donations at their front door.

"They were just really shocked that we were doing it, and happy we were doing it, and wanted to give us more and more stuff," said Lizzy. 

On Thursday, an SUV full of clothes, blankets and toiletries was delivered to the Salvation Army night shelter downtown - items that can make the difference between a good and bad night on the streets.

"Two young girls coming to help homeless people out? It's really an honor for them to do that," said Ryan Treem, who's staying at the shelter.

"It's more than cool; it's just touching to the heart," said Naomi Anderson, who is also staying at the shelter. "It brings tears to my eyes."

When you walk by a red kettle, do your part to help those in need this holiday season. These two young ladies are not just warming bodies; they're warming hearts.

The Salvation Army only has access to monetary donations that are made locally.

It also hopes to provide gifts to 6,000 children this year through its Christmas Angel program.

Clothing donations can be made at 33 West Owens in downtown Las Vegas.

Monetary donations can be made over the phone by calling 702-870-4430.

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