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Salvation Army beats kettle goal by nearly twenty thousand dollars

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GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--The donations poured in for weeks...and now the numbers are in.

The Salvation Army beat their kettle goal by nearly twenty thousand dollars for the campaign season.

The money will go to the food pantry, emergency disaster services and social services in Grand Forks and Polk County.

Last minute anonymous donations pushed them over the edge.

Just two weeks before the end of the campaign - the red kettle was in the hole 3-thousand dollars.

Grand Forks donates at higher rates than cities like Chicago.

“It's something to be proud of. Grand Forkans are, have that caring attitude, and that community spirit, and they want to take care of folks, and that's awesome,” said Salvation Army’s Lt. Matthew Beatty.

This is the largest fundraiser the Salvation Army hosts all year.