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December 7, 2005

Albany -- A push to keep Christ in Christmas may increase giving this holiday season.

Albany Salvation Army officials say their kettle contributions have skyrocketed for the second year in a row. Donations are up 50-percent over last year, with 75-thousand dollars contributed already.

 Southwest Georgia contributions went up last year after Target announced they would no longer allow kettles outside their stores.

This year many givers are telling bell ringers they're giving more because they're mad that stores seem to ban the words "Merry Christmas." Albany Commander Sgt. Brent E. Nevers said "Sometimes the person is literally holding a dollar, and waiting to put it in, until they hear our bell ringer say Merry Christmas. That is one of the things we are proud of, trying to keep Christmas intact."

Several stores in the area asked for kettles this year to let people know they support the Salvation Army and the use of "Merry Christmas."

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