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Local ALS donations at a record high

The ice bucket challenge is literally soaking the nation with record donations. (Source: WECT) The ice bucket challenge is literally soaking the nation with record donations. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

The ice bucket challenge is literally soaking the nation with record donations.

Within the past three weeks alone the ALS Association has raised $53 million, which is a huge jump from last year's numbers that topped a little more than $2 million.

Turns out our local numbers are seeing a similar jump.

The ALS Association Jim "Catfish" Hunter chapter has raised over $117,000 from July 29 through August 22, 2014, which is more than six times the money raised last year during the same time span.

Megan Johnson, a representative of a local ALS chapter, said this viral campaign has raised ALS awareness among thousands of people in our area, and brought over a million new donors nationally. 

She said their first steps are thanking all the participants, and educating people on what ALS is and how they can stay involved.

"We have lots of heads in the game trying to figure out how do we make this really amazing thing even better, and how do make sure everyone knows what they've raised money for," Johnson said.

Johnson said they are still deciding how to use the $117,000 in local donations, but anyone interested in donating locally they can go to alsicebucket.org.

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