Salvation Army donations surge as Christmas closes in

Southwestern Connecticut residents opened up their hearts and wallets this week, turning Norwalk?s Salvation Army?s donation drought into a deluge.
Last week, News 12 Connecticut reported donations were down for the Salvation Army branch. Since then, money has poured in causing a late season surge.
?A week ago it looked like we were going to be $16-17,000 behind last year,? Maj. Ariel Guzman, of the Salvation Army, said.
According to reports, the organization raised almost $11,000 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The money raised helps needy families cover the costs of electricity, home heating oil and buy holiday gifts for kids. People with the Salvation Army emphasize that even donating a quarter can make a difference.
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