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Salvation Army breaks Red Kettle campaign goal

FARGO - The Salvation Army said today that the 2011 Red Kettle campaign broke records and exceeded its goal. The campaign raised $877,578, more than the goal of $810,000 and the 2010 record of $809,570. "To say that we are ecs-tatic with the camp...

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FARGO - The Salvation Army said today that the 2011 Red Kettle campaign broke records and exceeded its goal.

The campaign raised $877,578, more than the goal of $810,000 and the 2010 record of $809,570.

"To say that we are ecs-tatic with the campaign total is an understatement," Captain Bill Mealy of The Salvation Army said. "The generosity shown by our community is inspiring as is the commitment of our volunteers. We are just blown away. Thank you."

Not only did the campaign raise more money than ever, more volunteers signed up to ring bells: about 5,040 bell ringers volunteered, 640 more than in 2010.

Volunteers contributed 12,600 hours to the campaign.

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The campaign raises about 65 percent of The Salvation Army's annual budget. The donations go toward services such as the more than 59,000 hot meals served last year, the 119 emergencies responded to by The Salvation Army's Emergency Services Disaster team, and other types of assistance provided such as rent, utilities and prescription care.

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