(NEWS CENTER) --
The Salvation Army kicked off its "Red Kettle" campaign Tuesday morning in order to raise money for less fortunate families to enjoy the holidays.
This year, the organization hopes to raise $180,000 by Christmas Eve, which is $40,000 more than last year, due to increased operating costs because more people are participating in Salvation Army programs.
As part of the Red Kettle campaign kick off, the Salvation Army handed out food baskets, complete with the ingredients for a Thanksgiving dinner, to families who applied for assistance.
Laura Fletcher of Westbrook has three kids: 18, 15, and 10 years old, respectively. She said she just started a new job, which recently decreased the benefits the company offers, including SNAP benefits.