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It was another nail-biter to the finish, but the Salvation Army of the Quad Cities met its Red Kettle Campaign goal. A total of $740,622 was collected from direct mail, red kettle donations and year-end contributions. The goal was $725,000, and on Dec. 26th, the organization announced it was $100,000 short, in part because it pulled bell-ringers for one day after a snowstorm on Dec. 20.

The Red Kettle Campaign amounts to about 60 percent of the local Salvation Army's operating budget. The funds help pay for services that offer shelter, food, clothing and other basic human needs in the Quad Cities. In addition to monetary donations, more than 2,000 volunteer hours were given during the Christmas season. More than 7,000 toys were donated through the Angel Tree program. Food boxes were also distributed to an additional 458 households without children. Combined, the Salvation Army distributed food and gifts to 1,494 families totaling 8,623 people in need.

The Salvation Army says two special match programs contributed to the success of this year's campaign. Hiland Toyota made a large gift that was matched through the Toyota Dealer Match Program. Davenport-based department store, Von Maur, matched all donations placed in the Red Kettles at the malls on Dec. 22.