(KMOV) – The Salvation Army raised $147.6 million through the 2011 Red Kettle Campaign, reaching a new record for the organization, bypassing 2010 by 3.4%.
The Salvation Army says that while the national campaign in total reached new records, the Midland Division, including the St. Louis Metropolitan area, was down by 20%.
The Red Kettle Campaign is the oldest annual charity campaign of its kind in the United States. It started in San Francisco in 1891 by the Salvation Army.
It has continually provided toys for children, coats for the homeless and food for the hungry.
Local Salvation Army members say they hope this year will be more successful in the St. Louis area, by reaching their goal of $6.5 million in donations.