Salvation Army reaches kettle goal
The good news was released Tuesday by Capt. Kirk Schuetz, commanding officer of the local church and social services agency.
"People not only gave from their pocketbooks, they also gave of their time," he said.
That included 762 volunteers compared to 668 the previous year, Schuetz said.
There was a time during the fundraising campaign, which started Nov. 13 and continued through Jan. 15, when Schuetz wondered if the goal would be reached.
But it was, he said, due to a matching $5,000 grant from an anonymous foundation and the generosity of many people, organizations and businesses in the community.
Money raised will be used for Salvation Army programs that include the meal site, food pantry, emergency assistance, youth programs, summer camp and transitional housing.