Salvation Army raises more than $1 million

By WEEK Producer

December 27, 2013 Updated Dec 27, 2013 at 10:51 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Despite a slow start to its Tree of Lights campaign, the Salvation Army has raised over $1 million this year.

The red kettles are gone for another year, but the 12-week fundraising campaign continues through the end of January. The money raised accounts for about 30-percent of the annual budget.

Despite fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Salvation Army reached $1 million one week earlier than usual.

"We're grateful for everything people did donate," said Rich Draeger, Assistant Development Director at The Salvation Army. "We had a great last couple of days thanks to our kettle match. I know we did well over $10,000 on Monday and we should have Tuesday numbers by the end of the week."

The Salvation Army said it still needs to raise more than a $500,000 in January to fund all of its programs.

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