Salvation Army received record-high donations

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It paid off for members of Frelsesarmeen (the Salvation Army) to stand for hours on cold winter streets, ringing their bells and hoping for donations to their annual Christmas fund-raising campaign. In Oslo, donations were up 40 percent in December, and Norwegians gave generously elsewhere around the country as well.

Norwegians filled up the Salvation Army kettles that were strategically placed around Norwegian cities and towns in December, like here on Oslo's Karl Johans Gate. PHOTO: Views and News

The record sums tossed into the Salvation Army’s well-known kettles set up around towns and cities “were just fantastic,” one enthusaistic local officer told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). All told, the Salvation Army collected NOK 26 million (more than USD 4 million) to help folks in need, from drug addicts to struggling families.

The amount was nearly NOK 1.3 million more than in 2010, and total donations have risen 60 percent during the past five years. Residents of Vest-Agder County in southern Norway gave the most, both in terms of the total amount (NOK 3.4 million) and donations per capita.

Donations were up 86 percent in Nord-Trøndelag, 73 percent in Finnmark and 68 percent in Hordaland, reported news bureau NTB.

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