People are still opening their wallets to help others during these tough economic times.
The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign broke two records recently.
The charity announced that it raised $130 million during the 2008 holiday season-- $12 million more than its previous record and the largest one-year jump since 1997.
A Salvation Army spokesperson said the national total is good news, but warned that it shouldn't downplay the struggles in parts of the country where fundraising has fallen short.
Most times, money raised locally stays locally, the group pointed out.