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Forum staff reports, Published December 27 2013

F-M Salvation Army reaches holiday goal

FARGO – As the bell- ringers pack away their famous red kettles, The Salvation Army of Fargo-Moorhead is celebrating reaching its fundraising goal of $475,000.

Maj. Elaine Medlock said their division not only reached its goal but exceeded it by about $3,000.

“It was fantastic,” said Medlock. “It was certainly an extremely cold year, but obviously the people of Fargo have extremely warm hearts because, in spite of the weather and everything that kind of was against us, we reached our goal.”

The Salvation Army mails out appeals for donations throughout the year, but the holiday season is the most important to fundraising. The money raised through the campaign funds year-round charitable operations.

At various times of the year, Salvation Army donations go to delivering food boxes, visiting nursing homes and helping those in need with social services such as food and shelter needs.

“I’d like to give a really big thank-you to everyone, you know, the literally thousands of volunteers who helped us raise the money as well as the thousands of people who gave,” Medlock said. “We are just very, very thankful.”