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GREENSBORO, NC-- 2 Wants To Know discovered the Salvation Army's red kettle campaign pays for programs that last all year long.
If you were out on Christmas Eve, you probably ran into the red kettle bell ringers outside a store. You might have thought, isn't their Christmas campaign over already? The last of the toys were distributed over the weekend.
Turns out, Christmas Eve is actually their big, final push.
2 Wants To Know found out that the kettle campaign pays for things that last well beyond Christmas time.
Kettle money pays for the Salvation Army's emergency homeless shelters called Center For Hope and the Triad Boys and Girls Club which offers summer day camp and after school care.
They also help families who need emergency financial aide for things like heat, cooling, and food assistance.
As of Saturday, the Greensboro kettle campaign had collected $233,000. Their goal was $250,000. At last count, they hadn't met their goal but Greensboro had a better year than last year when they only collected $219,000.
Unfortunately, numbers in Winston-Salem are down. They've made $50,000 less than they did last year.
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