Donations are still being accepted until 7:00 p.m. this Saturday. Bowers said the local unit had asked the Salvation Army to apply and "really worked with us in order to get it". The Salvation Army is hoping the generosity continues and they can meet their goals for this year.
More than 75 families benefited from the Salvation Army services and almost 100 children will have gifts to unwrap. "To try to have enough bell ringers is always a struggle, and we always do better if they are volunteers", Capt. Denise Stewart said.
"Last year, we were so green at it that we didn't do a very good job", Paxton said.
"It's not going to be like what it's been in years prior because there's so much online purchases", Hughes said.
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Peacock said that although the review's "heart was in the right place with good suggestions", its future was in doubt. Frances O'Grady, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress in the United Kingdom , lauded the decision.
With the GPH donation, the holiday campaign total as of Thursday was $155,969.94, 67 percent of the goal.
This year, two valuable coins have been dropped so far - an 1882 Morgan silver dollar and a 1915 five-dollar Indian Head gold coin.
"All funds donated to the Christmas Kettle Campaign are put into action year-round in our city and provide thousands of families and individuals the support they need; those who have found themselves in times of difficulty and require immediate assistance". Although they haven't been appraised yet, Hughes said together they could garner about $500. In addition to the meals served at the Wisconsin Center, there will be between 1,500 to 2,000 meals, packed up and sent to different centers and churches across the area for people to pick up. "But we are still having less kettle sites".