MADISON (WKOW) -- from Salvation Army: The Salvation Army kettle campaign ended on Christmas Eve day.
Preliminary figures show the kettles running $40,000 short of the goal of $695,000.
The shortage happened because of fewer checks in the kettles.
Ruth Ann Schoer, Development Director for the Salvation Army, said, "we had 900 more bellringers this year than we had in 2007. I am afraid to think how bad it would have been without the additional bellringers."
Match Day on December 20 was a very successful day.
Proceeds and matches totaled $152,000.
This amount is $25,000 more than last year's Match Day income.
Major Moore offered special acknowledgement to the Marines and the Toys for Tots program.
He said, "the Marines did a great job this year trying to meet the increase in families who signed up for toys. This is the first year we ran out of toys and is was heartbreaking to see the empty tables with hundreds of families in line to pick out toys. The marines used every resource available to them to get as close as they did to filling the need. We are honored to be their partners."
Preliminary figures also show that the Christmas mail campaign will also be down this year.
That number will not be know until January 15, 2009.