By The Numbers

Ringing the bell to rake it in for charity

Marketplace Staff Dec 24, 2015
$145 million

That’s how much the Salvation Army pulled in during last year’s Red Kettle Campaign. At least partially responsible for that success is Salvation Army Captain Gerardo Balmori, who has been ringing the bell for 19 years, and now mans a post at Rockefeller Center. He says these days, it takes him less than an hour to pull in $600–$700. But for him, it’s about more than just donations. Balmori tells the story of how the Salvation Army once helped him when he was in need of assistance.

318

That’s how many properties run by the Hyatt group were affected by a security breach in customer payment systems. The company has set up a website with updates on the situation, but has not stated whether customer information was taken in the attack. As BBC Tech reports, customers have been asked to check bank statements for any irregularities.

52 percent

Of the people who are working on Christmas, that’s how many say they will only be “somewhat productive” while in the office, according to a new survey. With both Christmas and New Year’s Day falling on weekdays this year, some businesses found themselves asking if they could afford to close their doors. But increasingly, many companies find that giving employees time off during the holidays fosters loyalty, which can help maintain a steady workforce in the long run.

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