Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - It was the first time Mayo Clinic pledged to match all donations to the Rochester Salvation Army’s Red Kettle drive and it turned out to be a smashing success.

Mayo reported Monday it will match the $171,000 in donations that were made Dec. 19 and 20. That works out to more than $3500 per hour. Combined with the Mayo pledge, it also means the total from the two-day effort was $341,000 - a third of the 2019 Red Kettle goal. 

"The Salvation Army is beyond grateful to Mayo Clinic for matching our community's unbelievable generosity during the Red Kettle Christmas Campaign," says Maj. Robert Mueller, corps officer of The Salvation Army. "The two-day kettle total of $170,547.41 is unprecedented and can be attributed to Mayo Clinic's unlimited match pledge. These matching funds will be of enormous support as we work to meet the growing needs in our community, from preventing homelessness to providing health care and the full spectrum of emergency social services."

The Rochester Salvation Army provides safety net services to the local community, including medical and dental care to underinsured and uninsured residents, shelter, and assistance for basic needs.

"The generosity of the Rochester community during this campaign was truly inspiring," says Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., president and CEO, Mayo Clinic. "We want to thank each person who donated to The Salvation Army's red kettles during the two-day match period and the many volunteers who rang the bells this season. This was the first year that Mayo Clinic challenged our community with an unlimited match, and it is clear you heard the call to assist Rochester's most vulnerable residents. We look forward to another strong year of continued collaboration and shared success in the region."

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