Red Kettles not quite half full with two weeks to go

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Laura Roth makes a contribution in Salvation Army's red kettle on an unusually warm December 10 afternoon before she does her shopping at Holyoke Marketplace.

According to a news release, the donation bin, which contained an undisclosed amount of cash, was taken Friday night.

Students at Saltus Grammar School have collected hundreds of toys and more than $1,200 to donate to the Salvation Army's Christmas Toy Drive.

Police have not said whether or not any suspects have been identified.

Colorado families prepare for CHIP funding expiration
Congress has so far been unable to agree on a plan to renew that funding, despite bipartisan support when it was created in 2007. Unlike Medicaid, which is a permanent program, CHIP is a federal block grant to states that must be reauthorized.

The City of Rome and the Salvation Army Rome partnered this holiday season by offering Angel Tags in the lobby of City Hall.

The so-called "Coin Crusader" left five of the exact same coins during last year's Red Kettle Campaign and three coins the year before.

Donations to the Salvation Army help feed and house the homeless, rehabilitate lives lost to addiction, provide toys for children at Christmas, and ensure services are available for families following fires and other disasters. All of the more than 600 children on the Angel Tree this year have been adopted!

The Salvation Army reaches several thousand people with this program. "We need help. I'm begging that people come forward to ring the bell".

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