NEW BEDFORD - The New Bedford branch of the Salvation Army's "Red Kettle Campaign" has ended for the year, meeting its $100,000 goal.

Kettles were placed with bell-ringers around the area to reach its goal, and because it met its goal this year, Major Gil Parkhurst says it will be getting an additional windfall. "What's nice, on top of that, is because we met our goal we have an anonymous donor that's going to donate an additional $5,000 to us to help us out," said Parkhurst.

Major Parkhurst said a special donation was made over the weekend: a ring. The Major has taken the ring to a local jeweler to have it appraised. The proceeds from the ring will be poured back into helping out needy families throughout Greater New Bedford.

Parkhurst noted that over 2,300 families were helped and over 3,100 children received toys from the "Red Kettle Campaign."

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