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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During his Rally To Restore Sanity in October, comedian Jon Stewart told the crowd on the National Mall, "The press can hold its magnifying glass up to our problems." Or, he added, "they can use that magnifying glass to light ants on fire." Paul Morigi/WireImage hide caption

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Jon Stewart's Latest Act: Sept. 11 Responders Bill
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