The tally is a jump at this time over previous year and the Salvation Army's red kettle program is operating only three days a week instead of six days a week like it did in 2016. They are urging everyone who's out stocking up on last minute Christmas supplies to dig a little deeper when they pass a bell ringer braving the now-cold weather to get them over the top.
While sifting through donations at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Atlanta, a Salvation Army employee found a pure gold Canadian Maple Leaf coin in one of the kettles.
The money supports all programs throughout the year, but just this Christmas the organization says it's helping 1,000, which is 200 more than last year.
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"The Salvation Army needs your help in achieving this goal so that we may continue to provide hope to those in need within our community, especially during the winter months", reads the release.
The Christmas Kettle Campaign is actually $9 million behind its national fundraising goal of $21 million. Kettles will remain out in the city through Saturday night. "Everyone really came together this year". "This year, we chose the Salvation Army". "The Salvation Army did everything they could to help".
Welk said previous year they raised about $8,000. For the second time in three days, a gold coin was donated.