By CBSBoston.com Staff

BOSTON (CBS) – The Salvation Army saw a surprising spike in donations over the holidays despite the pandemic.

It raised more than $557 million in 2020, an increase of 27-percent from the year before.

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The non-profit feared it would face a potential $60 million deficit because people had less disposable income and there were fewer red kettles out at stores.

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The Salvation Army said donors increased giving through online and mail-in contributions.

The money will help provide food, shelter, and social services to more than 30 million Americans this year.

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If you’d like to donate, visit salvationarmyusa.org

CBSBoston.com Staff