A shopper places a donation in the Salvation Army’s red kettle as volunteers Steven and Raelene King ring the bell inside the entryway of Woodman’s in Janesville on Nov. 24, 2017.


The Salvation Army Corps Church that covers northern Rock County has collected about 78 percent of its red-kettle campaign goal, but Maj. Bob Fay is not concerned for two reasons.

One, while the bell-ringers ended their season Dec. 23, the red kettle campaign continues through mid-January.

Second, it’s in God’s hands, Fay said Friday.

Last year at this time, the kettle campaign was in a similar situation, having collected 82 percent of the same goal, $375,000, Fay said. The campaign ended at $361,000, or $14,000 below goal.

“Typically, 20 percent comes after Christmas. We’re right in the range where we feel confident that with a little bit of a surge, we’ll make the goal,” Fay said.

No programs will be cut if the goal is not met, Fay said.

“We’ll just stretch what we have to meet the needs that are there. ... We will just have to tighten our belts a little and make do with what we’ve got,” he said.

“The red kettle campaign really funds all of our community social service work,” Fay said.

Donations from the church’s congregation and other donations pay for other expenses. The local United Way pays for some programs, Fay said.

The red kettle goal is based on what the Salvation Army provided in previous years and what might be needed in the year to come, Fay said.

The local church is responsible for its budget. The international organization does not help if fundraising falls short, Fay said.

Fay trusts that if the church keeps doing what God calls on it to do, all will be well.

“He controls the resources we have,” he said.

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