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Salvation Army kettle drive brings in more than $85,000

January 18, 2008

The generosity of the community during the recent Christmas season means The Salvation Army likely will be able to meet the needs of many in Hagerstown in 2008.

The Christmas kettles brought in $85,225 in donations, an increase of $7,000 from 2006, Maj. Robert Lyle said.

"It was the first year for a kettle at Pennsylvania Dutch Market, and it did very well," Lyle said.

The kettle at the U.S. Post Office on West Franklin Street reported double what it took in last year, he said.

The other kettle locations were at J.C. Penney, Wal-Mart, Kmart, Prime Outlets, Macy's, Sears, Michaels, Big Lots, Ollie's and Sam's Club.

The direct-mail appeal totaled $97,199, down about $4,000 from 2006. Other seasonal gifts came in at $27,866, Lyle said.

"These dollars allowed us to provide for more than 3,865 persons, whether for toys, clothing, food and/or many other needs," Lyle said. "Of those, 1,800 of these individuals were children looking for Santa to bring them toys and other Christmas gifts."

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The number of volunteers was up, too, Lyle said. The location for the toy/food distribution was much smaller in 2007 than the previous year, so there were some delays. But Lyle said the volunteers kept things moving.

"We are hoping to have a bigger location this year," Lyle said.

In addition to the holiday drive each year, The Salvation Army serves about 100 meals each weekday at 534 W. Franklin St., and maintains 30 beds for people in need of housing, beds that usually are filled.

- Marlo Barnhart

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