This season’s Salvation Army Kettle Campaign is lagging slightly behind last year’s pace.

As of Tuesday, about $145,000 had been collected in Kelowna and Lake Country.

“That’s about $6,000 behind where we were at this point in last year’s campaign,” said Capt. Darryl Burry, the Sally Ann’s lead pastor.

The goal for the campaign is $700,000, equivalent to what was received last year.

So far in 2019, the Sally Ann has helped 2,200 local families, half of whom had never before approached the agency.

“We desperately need to keep providing these services, so we’re really hoping we’ll reach our fundraising goal,” Burry said.