The Salvation Army Alton Corps Red Kettle Season for 2015 was officially in the books, but now is extended. Christmas week began with Monday's number from the weekend at a little over $14,000 taking the campaign up to just over $64,000. Monday totaled just over $3,000 more. The final talley was $83,000, which is $16,000 more than last year.

Lt. Bryan Ellison announced on Christmas the decision to extend this year's season to the end of the month to allow those who still want to give to get to be a part of this record setting season. 2015 Kettle Coordinator Greg Gelzinnis says to help towards the "Lighting a Star" campaign you can mail donations to the Salvation Army -- Alton Corps; 525 Alby St. Alton, IL 62002  but must be postmarked by Dec. 31st. Donations may still be made by visiting .

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