Rochester Salvation Army Exceeds Fundraising Goal
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Rochester Salvation Army today reported the final results of its annual Christmas Campaign.
The charitable organization says it collected more than $1.166 million through the fundraising effort. The goal was $1.1 million
The Salvation Army also reported that volunteers rang bells for nearly 3500 hours over the six weeks leading up to Christmas while encouraging shoppers and others to drop donations into the organization's iconic red kettles at locations throughout the Rochester area. The campaign was also given big boosts from the Mayo Clinic and Think Bank through pledges to match red kettle donations.
“To give some examples of the impact a successful campaign like this has on people in need, we provided Christmas presents for 910 children the week before Christmas and our Thanskgiving and Christmas meals served over 150 people each,” said Major Cornell Voeller, Corps Officer for Business at The Salvation Army. “Thousands of people receive healthcare, housing support, and other social services because of the generosity of so many people during the Christmas season. We are truly grateful for the compassion and kindness of this community.”
The money raised through the annual Christmas Campaign helps support the Rochester Salvation Army's many programs throughout the year. To learn more about those programs or to receive services visit www.rochestersa.org or call 507-288-3663.
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