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Red Kettle wraps up this week

The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign is having a big year in Becker County.

Not only were donations on mark this year for a follow-up success to last year’s $39,000, but Friday and Saturday a $2 million matching donation was divided between Minnesota and North Dakota kettles.

All donations made online or at a kettle in either state on Friday and Saturday was doubled thanks to a handful of anonymous donors who pooled $2 million worth of matching funds – the largest gift of its kind in Salvation Army history.

Becker County kettles brought in nearly $5,000 Friday and Saturday, so that will mean an extra $5,000 from the matching grant.

As of Monday morning, the total was at $38,806, with the remainder of the week to collect yet.

“It’s looking very good,” Kettle Chairman Michele Baker said. “We should be over $40,000.”

She also received a donation of a tennis bracelet, so Baker said she will get the piece appraised and add it to the kettle total.

This is the last week for the kettle campaign. Red kettles are located around Detroit Lakes in the Washington Square Mall, Central Market, L&M Fleet, Kmart and Walmart.

All funds raised in Becker County stay in Becker County and are distributed through various projects throughout the year.

“Thank you to this awesome community,” Baker said, for making the kettle campaign a success.

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