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Salvation Army Reaches Red Kettle Campaign Goal

The Salvation Army has reached Red Kettle success.

Major John Merchant of The Salvation Army told The Post-Journal the Red Kettle campaign surpassed its goal of $115,000 by raising $148,000.

“We have great people in the community who rallied behind us. There is a great sense of community here,” he said. “We are very grateful to be a part of it. We couldn’t do it without the help of so many people.”

Merchant said the Red Kettle campaign was a challenge this year, even greater than last year during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This year was totally different than any other year. We thought last year with COVID was tough. It was definitely harder this year,” he said. “COVID was tough on us again this year with people calling off. Many kettles were empty. To see it come through at the end, it was more than a miracle.”

Merchant said the campaign was generously helped by some board members who provided a $40,000 match for the first $40,000 raised.

“That helped us get to at least $80,000,” he said.

Even just two days before the end of the campaign on Christmas Eve, the campaign was still short $15,000, but the goal was reached when $48,000 was raised before the deadline.

“We can’t say enough of the caring and generosity of the people who give us their resources to make things happen in the community,” he said. “I’m overwhelmed and blessed that the community has faith in The Salvation Army and they know we will help people with needs. We will be good stewards with the money given to us to make sure it goes a long way to help the community.”

Merchant said the proceeds from the Red Kettle campaign go toward many things like supplies for the county’s largest food pantry, which helps between 600 to 1,000 families a month. The Salvation Army also provides rental and utility assistance and purchases furniture and clothes for people.

“We just want to thank everybody for their generosity,” he said. “We can’t thank them enough for all they have done.”

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