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Kettle donations to double

Published 11:39am Friday, December 20, 2013

The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign is getting a boost this weekend. One that could be worth up to $2 million, in fact.

All donations to the Fergus Falls Salvation Army made this Friday and Saturday will be doubled, thanks to a historic and unprecedented giving opportunity throughout Minnesota and North Dakota. Donations will be doubled up to $2 million.

“This is huge,” said Karen Frisch, regional community relations and development director of the Salvation Army. “That’s never happened.”

Fergus Falls Salvation Army Lt. Linda McCormick echoed the excitement.

“The impact this is going to have is huge,” McCormick said.

The match donation is made possible through a small group of anonymous donors who pooled together $2 million worth of matching funds to get the Salvation Army’s Christmas Campaign back on track in Minnesota and North Dakota.

“We are incredibly humbled by their act to match this kettle,” McCormick said. “I don’t know how you tell somebody how much, what that kind of donation does. It’s an answered prayer that it has come in, that there are people out there that are that generous.”

Kettle donations are down across the board in both states. Fergus Falls has brought in $43,000 so far, or about 50 percent of its goal for the campaign which ends at noon Monday. The donation boost is so important because if red kettle goals aren’t reached, the Salvation Army’s programs have to be adjusted.

All the money donated in Fergus Falls will stay in Otter Tail County to help families in need for things like keeping their heat and lights on and helping to keep the children’s program going.

“We don’t want to have to turn anybody away because we just don’t have the money to help them,” McCormick said.

This $2 million giving opportunity is the largest two-day matching gift in Salvation Army history, according to McCormick. She doesn’t recall anything coming close to this kind of donation.

“Not for Fergus Falls,” McCormick said. “I don’t know that we’ve ever had anybody else do any kind of matching.”

To double your donation this Friday and Saturday, give at a kettle, give online at salvationarmynorth.org, call 800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) or drop off a check at the Fergus Falls Salvation Army located at 622 E. Vernon Ave.

Bell ringers are stationed at Fleet Farm, Service Food, Kmart, Sunmart, WestRidge Mall, Walgreens, Walmart, Shopko and Ben Franklin.

Kettle donors are encouraged to snap photos of themselves showing the peace sign (what the Salvation Army is calling “a sign of northland generosity”) and post them to social media using the hashtag #double.

“I’m just so excited that something else is being done,” McCormick said. “It’s always nice to have somebody come through that’s so generous.”

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