(WBIR) Donations at Red Kettles throughout Knoxville are down 10% compared to last year, according to the Salvation Army's Knoxville Area Command.

With one week left in the annual campaign, the charity is encouraging the public to donate generously. The organization said donations have been picking up after a slow start for several weeks due to a late Thanksgiving.

Despite the lower numbers, the organization said its latest figures show the group has closed the gap and is now on pace to reach its local Red Kettle Campaign goal of $700,000.

This year's late Thanksgiving also caused a slow start by shortening the Red Kettle campaign by five days.

The Salvation Army said having five fewer bell ringing days means about $20 million less in donations nationwide.

In 2012, the group raised $650,000 through its Knoxville Red Kettle campaign.

You can donate to the Salvation Army's annual holiday campaign at Red Kettles throughout Christmas Eve, online, or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.