Red Kettle Campaign Sets Fundraising Record

February 24, 2011

The Salvation Army has set a new fundraising record from its 2010 Red Kettle campaign during the holiday season, raising $142 million nationally.

The figures announced Wednesday are a two-percent increase over 2009's record of $139 million.

Overall donations had declined in the previous year during the Great Recession. Officials with the charity have said the Christmas season is its strongest time of year for donations.

In the Washington area, the Salvation Army fell short of its fundraising goals for the Red Kettle campaign after Giant Food stores cut back on the number of hours that bell ringers could solicit donations at the grocery chain. Local officials have said they came up more than $400,000 short of their 2010 goal.

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