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It's known as the season of giving, but the Salvation Army says the needs in our community extend far beyond the holidays.
Our Nick Perreault went to Livingston county, where they hope there Christmas in July event can help bring the spirit of giving year round.
When you see those red kettles you usually think of Christmas and snow, not summer days and water balloons.
"We are celebrating our Christmas in July week that is coming up next week, so this is our kickoff party for it," said Development Director Salvation Army April Dertian.
Offering plenty of fun and games,but it's much more than a party.
It's an event to show donations are needed now more than ever, because the salvation army offers helps so many people year round.
"We are really creating awareness that need knows no season," Dertian said.
Dertian says out of the 11,000 people they served last year only 2,000 were during the holidays.
"We have a lot of people coming into the shelter, most people don't think about shelter, when it's sunny,"
For one volunteer Dave Loar, whose been helping out for thirty years says events like these can really go a long way.
"I think the problem is pride, it get's in the way, but don't want to ask for help," said Volunteer Dave Loar.
But Loar says those in need have to get over that fear and make sure they can take care of themselves and loved ones.
So don't let the sunshine fool you, many still struggle and the Salvation Army is ready.
"That need is not just during the season, because the season is all year long we always here to help you," Loar said.
For more information on how you can donate or volunteer you can visit;
2820 East Saginaw Street, Lansing, MI 48912