Salvation army reaches goal but can't stop yet

By Beau Ebenezer

January 31, 2013 Updated Feb 1, 2013 at 10:48 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- The Salvation Army of McLean County celebrated as they surpassed their yearly fundraising goal.

McLean County announced Thursday night that they brought in $451,000 this year, surpassing its goal by about $20,000.

More than $230,000 came from its red kettle campaign and volunteers ringing the bell.

However, organizers say they are still in much need during the cold winter months.

"Though we met our goal and caught ourselves up where we need to be now. We still continue on donations throughout the year. This doesn't meet our obligations for the services we provide for the whole season. Really, this gets us to about the halfway mark," said McLean County Salvation Army Captain Paul James.

Trophies were given out to groups who raised the most in their category.

Integrity Technology Solutions brought in more than $1,000, the highest raised for businesses.

As for the Salvation Army of Peoria, their campaign is not done quite yet.

They are still trying to reach their goal by next week.

You can help them by making a donation at any of their various locations throughout Peoria.

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