The Salvation Army of Greater Rochester’s annual Red Kettle Campaign raised $450,261 this past Christmas season, exceeding its $450,000 goal.
Maj. Douglas Hart, director of Monroe County operations for the Salvation Army, thanked the 2016 honorary Red Kettle Campaign chairman, Don Alhart, for his support that continued to the last day of the campaign.
“Don was a constant presence throughout the campaign, reminding the community why their donations are so important to us,” Hart said. “Need knows no season, and our efforts do not cease when the bells stop ringing. Donations can be made throughout the year to provide critical services for people in need in the Greater Rochester community. This campaign presented us with some challenges that were beyond our control, but residents of the Greater Rochester area continued to show their generosity by not only donating to the kettles but by volunteering their time to ring bells at kettles at area stores and malls. As the need for Salvation Army services across Monroe County continues to grow, every dollar put in the kettles counts.”
The Salvation Army of Greater Rochester was able to help community members this past December through its Christmas distribution program, which provided families with toys for their children and food baskets with the ingredients to prepare a holiday meal.
More than 1,300 families were assisted through the Christmas distribution program, including 60 veteran’s families. More than 7,700 knitted clothing items, and more than 5,100 toys were provided so that children who otherwise might not have had gifts under the Christmas tree would be able to open presents on Christmas morning.
The community donations collected in red kettles help feed hungry families, shelter the homeless, provide Christmas food baskets and toys and support programs throughout the year such as disaster services, youth enrichment and the Salvation Army’s Emergency and Family Services program.
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