Contributions decline for Red Kettle campaign in Oklahoma County

Salvation Army bell ringers in Oklahoma County brought in $434,483 between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
BY MATT PATTERSON mpatterson@opubco.com Published: December 29, 2012
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The Salvation Army took in less money than it did a year ago during its Red Kettle campaign.

Salvation Army Maj. Dan Proctor said the campaign raised $434,483 in Oklahoma County this year over a six-week period between Thanksgiving and Christmas. That's about $50,000 behind last year's total.

Cleveland County raised $165,393, and $52,266 was raised in Canadian County, Proctor said.

“We had a good Christmas, and people helped us out quite a bit, and we want to thank anyone who put money in a kettle or donated online,” Proctor said. “People in this area are very generous, and it's something we certainly appreciate.”

Proctor said there was no gold coin donated this year, but six silver coins were collected.

“We took them to a coin dealer, and his advice was to hold onto them as the value goes up,” Proctor said.

There was also the usual assortment of jewelry and foreign coins.

“Most of what we receive is costume jewelry and the foreign coins, there's not much we can do with those because it costs more to exchange them than they are worth,” he said. “But we do continue to get some unusual items again this year.”



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