Pam Fessler Pam Fessler is a correspondent on NPR's National Desk, where she covers poverty and philanthropy.

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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