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Salvation Army says Des Moines kettle revenue down

The Salvation Army says the bell ringing portion of its Red Kettle campaign has ended with Des Moines area donations down 8 percent from last year.

The charity says contributions at 60 kettles in the Des Moines area totaled $399,030. The group attributed the decline to last week's snowstorm, when donations dropped by more than $31,000 during three days last week compared to the same period in 2011.

Although bell ringing ended Christmas Eve, the Salvation Army's direct-mail campaign will continue into January.

The group's total fund drive has now reached $832,234, for 69 percent of its $1.2 million goal.

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