Thanks to the extremely generous support of the Genesee County community, The Salvation Army has surpassed its annual Red Kettle Campaign fund raising goal of $847,700 by more than $11,600.00.
This year’s red kettle campaign raised a total of $859,332.01 of which more than $83,870.00 was raised from pocket change alone.
“Every year, our Red Kettle Campaign illustrates the incredible generosity of the people in Genesee County and we are grateful for the tremendous support of our community,” said Major Jon Augenstein, Genesee County Coordinator for The Salvation Army. “Funds raised through the Red Kettle Campaign support the Army’s programs and services not only during Christmas, but 365 days a year."
“During the past year, the Army has realized a sizable increase in the number of families seeking services. However, as a result of the struggling local economy; federal, state and local funding resources have been severely decreased. The community’s response to the campaign shortfall last week has been overwhelming,” states Bill Goodwill, Genesee County Business Manager for The Salvation Army.
A major factor in this year’s campaign success was a direct result of the many organizations, churches, service groups, fire departments, schools, businesses, families, and individuals, who generously volunteered nearly 5,000 hours to ring bells at over 60 kettle locations, assist with data entry, organize the toy shop and help with the distribution of food, clothing and toys.
“We could not have reached our campaign goal nor provided this much needed service without assistance from our dedicated volunteers,” said Marcia Heller, Volunteer Coordinator for The Salvation Army of Genesee County.
*Information provided by the Salvation Army.