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Double your money: Salvation Army donations to be matched Friday, Saturday

GRAND FORKS - Donations to the Grand Forks Salvation Army will double today and Saturday, according to the nonprofit organization. "No matter how you donate - at a kettle, online, by phone or in person - every dollar you give will be matched," Ma...

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GRAND FORKS - Donations to the Grand Forks Salvation Army will double today and Saturday, according to the nonprofit organization.

"No matter how you donate - at a kettle, online, by phone or in person - every dollar you give will be matched," Major Johnathan Fjellman, Grand Forks Salvation Army administrator, said in a news release. "This matching opportunity is both amazing and historic."

According to the release, a small group of anonymous donors pooled $2 million to match donations in North Dakota and Minnesota. Donors pooled their money together as matching funds to encourage giving to The Salvation Army's Christmas Campaign.

Kettle donations are down across the board in both states, The Salvation Army said in the release.

"This is the largest two-day matching gift in Salvation Army history," Fjellman said.

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Dollars contributed locally will be used to provide services in Grand Forks.

Donations can be given at a kettle location, online at SalvationArmyNorth.org, over the phone at (800) 725-2769 or by delivering a check to The Salvation Army, 1600 University Ave., Grand Forks.

Those donating at kettles are encouraged to take pictures of themselves showing a peace sign, or what The Salvation Army is calling "a sign of northland generosity," and post photos to social media using the tag "#double."

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