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Published December 23 2008

Firefighters set kettle drive record

Firefighters from Fargo and Moorhead set a record last Thursday for the most money raised in a day for the Salvation Army’s kettle fundraising drive.

The firefighters rang bells at 28 kettle locations in the Fargo-Moorhead area and raised $23,450 – beating the previous one-day mark by more than $2,000.

Steve Carbno, business administrator and disaster service coordinator for the Salvation Army, said firefighters have been doing the “Red Kettle Bucket Brigade Challenge” for the past six years.

This year, off-duty firefighters rang bells at the sites all day. In the past, they rang bells for the final three hours of the day.

“It was evident the public supported their effort by the amount of money they raised for us,” said Salvation Army Capt. Adam Moore. “The dollars they raised Thursday helped offset the day we lost Monday due to the storm.”

Salvation Army officials said they continue to be optimistic about reaching this year’s $625,000 goal.

The kettles will be manned until 2 p.m. Wednesday.