Burlington Salvation Army Christmas kettle campaign tops $200K

Burlington Salvation Army Christmas kettle campaign tops $200K

Burlington Salvation Army Christmas kettle campaign tops $200K

When one gives, 83 cents on every dollar is used year-round to fund many social services programs, such as rental and utility assistance, food, clothing, sheltering, hot meals, Christmas assistance for families, after-school care and youth arts programs. This year's goal was to raise $250,000.

The coins, worth about $8,000, are now in the hands of the Salvation Army.

The Caledonia Police Department is seeking a woman who allegedly stole a Salvation Army red kettle from an area pharmacy.

They're looking to feed about 6,000 people.

"For me, it really started in 2005 when I went down to Louisiana during the Hurricane Katrina clean-up effort", she said. Hughes said statewide, 30 to 40 percent of kettle campaigns have been struggling with donations.

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Past year in Massachusetts, The Salvation Army provided over 2.4 million meals, almost 200,000 nights of shelter, over 67,000 days of childcare and 343,333 Christmas gifts for children.

The annual campaign ends on Saturday, Dec. 23.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is urging people all over the state to give the kettles a boost if possible.

Spokeswoman Nichole Bazemore said there is a special container for foreign coins and other items found in the kettles.

"We're just hoping that this reminder, and that seeing the folks this money helps, might be some inspiration for folks to help us out", said Judy Regamey, Salvation Army executive director, at the Salvation Army Addictions and Residential Centre.

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