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A diamond ring helps the Salvation Army reach its campaign goal

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign surpassed its goal thanks to a special donation.

The agency said someone dropped a diamond ring valued at about $325, into the red kettle with a note attached.

The note stated that the donation was in honor of the 20 young children and six adults killed by a gunman in Newtown, Connecticut. 

With that donation, the agency said they have passed their campaign goal of $650,000 and are now at $665,000.

This is the first time they've met their goal in at least four years.

"You see so many people that really need something," said Salvation Army Development Director, Julie Nelson.  "They need a roof over their head and a meal on the table.  You've seen there are homeless people in this community.  We do have the resources to help people and we can get them back on their feet again."

The Salvation Army said they've also received a gold coin in one of their kettles but that item is still being appraised.

Even though the Army has passed their goal, their campaign doesn't end until January 31st and people can still donate.

Donations can be dropped off at the Salvation Army's office, 223 N. 8th Street.

A check donation can be mailed to:

The Salvation Army of La Crosse
PO Box 1152
La Crosse, WI 54602-1152

Credit card donations can be made at www.bells2ring.org

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