AUSTIN EDITION - Salvation Army asks for more assistance

The Salvation Army's bell-ringing campaign ended Wednesday, but the organization will seek donations through January.

The holiday campaign, which started Nov. 28, raised about $70,476 of its $104,000 goal, leaving about $33,524 left to be raised. All donations given to the Salvation Army in January will be counted toward its goal.

The money is used to cover Thanksgiving and Christmas expenses, such as providing food baskets and toys. Any remaining money helps the group continue to meet needs throughout the year.

"Please remember: Need has no season," Maj. Jose Tamayo said in a prepared statement. "With your help, we can continue providing help in the days ahead."

Last year, the local Salvation Army raised about $99,714 of its $104,000 target during the holiday season. The group's campaign raised $101,288 in 2001 and about $86,361 in 2000.

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