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Hamilton Salvation Kettle campaign enters final week $247,500 short

The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle drive needs help in the final days before Christmas in order to meet its 2013 goal in Hamilton.

As of Tuesday afternoon — just one week left before the kettles are packed up on Christmas Eve — the campaign was short $247,500.

“The last days of the campaign are always nail-biting time as we struggle to see if we will have the resources needed to operate our local programs in the coming year,” says Dan Millar, spokesperson for The Salvation Army. “It almost always comes down to the generosity of the last minute shoppers to help us reach our goal.”

The Army relies on the Christmas Kettle Campaign to fund their Christmas and year-round assistance programs offered to area individuals and families. This year’s goal is $600,000

The organization is asking the community to continue to dig deep when they see one of their red Christmas Kettles out in the community. The kettles will be out until 2 p.m. Christmas Eve in malls, grocery stores and other retail locations.

Donations to the local campaign can also be made online at or by calling 1 800 SAL-ARMY.

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