UPDATE: Channel 3 had the opportunity to participate in the Salvation Army's "Battle of the Bells" Friday.

With the help of our news team and community members, we were able to raise over $2,000.  Overall, all the organizations involved together brought in over $3,000.

The money raised will go towards the Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign.

Donations are important because the organization provides many services for the community. 

Kimberly George of the Salvation Army says the overall campaign has brought in $15,000 less than in 2016.

George says they will ring one day less because Christmas Eve is on a Sunday, and the bell ringers will not be out. 

Channel 3 would like to thank all of our viewers for helping such a great cause.

Please continue to stop by red kettles around the Scenic City and donate.

PREVIOUS STORY: It's the Salvation Army's "Battle of the Bells" at Hamilton Place Mall.

Friday between 10:00 a.m and 7:00 p.m. Channel 3 will be at the Hamilton Place Mall entrance near Jos A. Banks collecting donations as part of the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign.

Now in its 127th year the Red Kettle campaign is one of the longest-running fundraising efforts in the world.
Every year, approximately 25,000 bell ringers brave the elements to help The Salvation Army raise money for local community programs. 

This year there are 4868 Angels that adorned the Angel Trees, that's up 509 Angels over 2016.
The Salvation Army will visit close to 5000 individuals who are in nursing homes or are incarcerated and give each a small Christmas gift.  
Over 1500 holiday meals will be served to the homeless, low income and homebound neighbors.  
More than 15,000 residents will be served through the Holiday Programs of The Salvation Army of Greater Chattanooga.