Antionette Levi solicits donations for the Salvation Army Dec. 21 in Chicago. As the season winds down, donations to Chicago-area kettles have been over 10 percent shy of those received last year, but the organization hopes to match last year's record total of $139 million. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Charities Optimistic After Year Of Lackluster Giving

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Census Shows South, West Lead Population Growth

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Lisa Tumbarello, a stylist trained by Stacy London from TLC's What Not to Wear, encourages customer Tom Spinelli to buy some ties at a Goodwill trunk show at Caramel, a boutique in Washington, D.C. Abby Verbosky/NPR hide caption

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Thrifting Goes Upscale And High-Tech

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Record Number Of U.S. Households Face Hunger

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Immigrant Voter Fraud Fears Didn't Materialize

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For Voters Who Need Help, Sites And Apps Aplenty

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Efforts To Prevent Voter Fraud Draw Scrutiny

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U.S. Voters Abroad Test Efforts To Expedite Balloting

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Critics Call Child Nutrition Bill Counterproductive

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Report: Nearly 1 In 7 Americans Were Poor In '09

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Officials In The Dark About Voting Machine Glitches

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Help For Poor Could Be Sacrificed To Boost Economy

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