The Salvation Army in Bloomington says it exceeded its $430,000 fundraising goal by nearly 5%. Captain Paul James says the campaign had lagged by 100,000 with two weeks to go.
"We're very excited. It was definitiely a miracle to have reached our goal especiallyfrom being down from some, such a great amount that we were behind."
Even though the holiday bell ringing and mail appeal is the Salvation Army's largest fundraiser of the year, James says they need contributions all year long. For instance, he says the organization that serves the homeless will use almost all of the extra money raised to fund an October shortfall. He says the needs of the poor and homeless have been steady this last year after huge increases in each of the previous two years. The warming center and the homeless shelter operated by the group are operating above capacity right now.
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