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With donations lagging between 20 to 30 percent in the region The Salvation Army is announcing it has received a major gift.

All donations made to The Salvation Army on Friday and Saturday in Minnesota and North Dakota will be doubled. The organization says it's the largest two-day matching gift in the organization's history.

Lt. Colonel Robert Thomson, Salvation Army commander for Minnesota and North Dakota said, "The message is clear – any gift you give to The Salvation Army for two days will do double the good."

The West Central Tribune reports the gift comes from a small group of anonymous donors who pooled $2 million worth of matching funds to get the Salvation Army Christmas campaigns back on track in both states.

The news is exciting many of the local Salvation Army organizations. According to the Austin Daily Herald, organizers in Austin believe the announcement could help them reach their goal. So far Austin has raised around $37,000 of their $60,000 goal. The campaign continues through Christmas Eve.

“Excited, just extremely happy, pretty positive that if things go well and if donations come through like I know they will, we’re going to make our goal,” Lt. David Amick told the Austin Daily Herald.

Donations can be made at any kettle, by calling 800-SAL-ARMY, dropping off a check dated 12/20 or 12/21 at any local Salvation Army or by giving online.

The organization says kettle donors are encouraged to snap a photo showing the peace sign – what The Salvation Army is calling "a sign of northland generosity" – and post it to social media using #double.

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