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Salvation Army falls short of donation goal in red kettle campaign

Katrina Falk and Jason Thorp, both of Fargo, ring bells for the Salvation Army red kettle campaign at Village West Hornbacher's in south Fargo on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016.David Samson / The Forum

FARGO — Salvation Army bell ringers raised $856,002 for the red kettle campaign this holiday season, narrowly missing their goal of $900,000, the group said Thursday, Jan. 18.

Salvation Army Maj. Byron Medlock said the group fell short because of a few reasons. Christmas Eve landed on a Sunday, which is the one day bell ringers don't gather donations, and there were times when they had to shut down operations due to weather.

Salvation Army volunteers clocked 580 total bell-ringing hours. One anonymous individual volunteered for 125 of those hours.

Overall, the group was pleased with the results. "We live in a very giving community. When there's a need, this community rises up and meets that need," Medlock said.