The Salvation Army of Greater Rochester’s annual Red Kettle campaign raised more than $406,000 during its 2017 Christmas season, exceeding the $400,000 goal.
Maj. Douglas Hart, director of Monroe County operations for The Salvation Army, said he would like to thank Greater Rochester for its continued generosity.
“Whether it was through a donation to a Red Kettle or volunteering for a couple of hours, our community came together this Christmas to help ensure that The Salvation Army can provide essential services to our neighbors in need throughout the year,” Hart said.
Donations to the Red Kettle campaign are used throughout the year to provide services such as food for families in need, afterschool and summer programs for children and shelter for the homeless.
“We are very grateful to have had Mark Shortino, president of the Radec Corp., serve as this year’s Red Kettle campaign chairperson,” Hart said. “His caring exemplifies the mission of The Salvation Army in more ways than we can express.”
The Salvation Army of Greater Rochester was able to help more than 1,400 families through its Christmas distribution program. The program provided families with toys and knitted clothing items for their children, as well as food baskets with the ingredients to prepare a holiday meal.
More than 7,800 knitted clothing items and 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.
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