Eight gold coins have been found in the Tulsa Area Salvation Army's kettles this month, continuing the decades-long tradition of such donations by an anonymous benefactor. "This year, we chose the Salvation Army". But Paxton and a handful of volunteers revived the Salvation Army's presence just before the 2016 holiday season, and volunteers like O'Mara helped raise about $7,000 for 2017.
"Some of our individual kettles have increased, from an individual kettle base from previous year", Hughes said.
The Salvation Army's red kettle effort will end at the end of the day on Saturday.
The Salvation Army's Christmas Kettle Campaign has put out an urgent plea for donations as they are still 25 per cent away from their $310,000 goal.
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For Salvation Army volunteer Annie Lumpkin, helping out at the organization helps bring people together during the holidays, she said. "The money will help us find a new vehicle to expand the number of kids involved".
It's the most wonderful time of the year and many are donating their time and money, to give back to various causes in the Peterborough community.
"I mean it helps me out; it takes care of my children. I had her so I had to quit working and that is one reason why.it got a little tight having a new one, but actually it is a real blessing".
Because Kmart was a hot spot for donations, Hughes said the bell-ringers started a week early this year to try and make up for the loss.