KETTLE SUCCESS: Midpoint Of Goal Almost Reached

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The Salvation Army’s metro red kettle campaign is almost halfway to its $1.2 million goal.

As of Monday, donations totaled more than $580,500. More than half of that came from the 60 red kettles in the metro.

Other donations came from the mail, telephone and internet.

Officials say the donations are coming in at a faster pace than last year. And that’s good news because the pace of giving usually picks up as Christmas gets closer.

The red kettle campaign brings in money for programs that help the needy year-round.

Other Salvation Army locations in central Iowa are also reporting success. Story County is at 81-percent of its goal and Boone County is at 68-percent.