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Red Kettles raise more, but overall campaign $350000 short

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Though the Salvation Army in Yellowknife missed its goal of $45,000 it was the organization's second-most successful campaign

"We had a great year, thanks to our bell ringers", Ragner said.

"You talk about jumping for joy", she said, noting that the volunteers who found the check while emptying out the kettles that day couldn't believe their eyes at first.

Maj. Tim Nauta with the Jamestown Salvation Army said the overall annual fundraising total is at $96,000 toward its $157,000 goal.

Every year the Idaho Falls-based Salvation Army dispenses its Red Kettle funds to various Upper Valley organizations, like the Rexburg Police Department.

Bell-ringing, which began on November 15 and ceased on Christmas Eve, brought in $293,000, compared with $265,000 past year, corps public relations coordinator Nick Ragner said Wednesday.

Many central Wisconsin Salvation Army locations are still tallying donations from the Christmas weekend. "We don't want anybody to be in danger".

"We have experienced a steady increase in demand for our services, particularly over the past few years, and we are grateful for the generous support of our community, which enables us to continue to provide for those in need", said Abby Mills, director of community and family services for the local Salvation Army.

The Red Kettle drive officially ended at 2 p.m. Saturday, Christmas Eve, but donations can also be given online or via mail through December 31.

With just five days left in 2016, the Salvation Army is hoping that folks will consider them when it comes to their year-end donations. "We haven't missed a campaign goal since 2011".

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