The Salvation Army of the Quad Cities Surpasses the $760,000 Red Kettle Campaign Goal
Quad Cities, USA: The Salvation Army of the Quad Cities met its Red Kettle Campaign goal thanks to the remarkable generosity of the Quad Cities community. A total of $794,692.63 was donated. The funds help The Salvation Army meet the demand for services for shelter, food, clothing and other basic human needs; as well as provide programs and opportunities for children and adults to learn life and empowerment skills.
"The Salvation Army's work is simply not possible without the people of this community who believe in what we do. And I'd like to share with them the greatest joys of the season: the warm embraces, tears of joy, handshakes and 'thank yous' from the thousands of families they helped serve," said Major Gary Felton, Quad Cities Coordinator.
During the 2014 Christmas season, The Salvation Army makes Christmas much brighter for thousands of families in need locally. And more than 4,200 volunteer hours were given in order to make all of the Christmas season's programs possible. More than 6,000 toys and clothes items were donated through the Angel Tree program. Through the 2014 Christmas Distribution program nearly 2,000 children had a happier Christmas morning. The Salvation Army distributed food and gifts to 1,400 families or 3,900 people in need in the Quad Cities.
"The statistics mentioned are only a reflection of the many people whose lives were impacted because of YOU! We are grateful to everyone who encouraged our work and supported this year's Christmas Campaign, either by supporting the red kettles, purchasing gifts for families, volunteering your precious time, supporting our efforts by spreading the word and encouraging others to participate or praying for the program itself and those we have the honor of serving," said the Major.
The Red Kettle Campaign, the oldest annual charitable fund raiser of its kind in the United States, helps raise money to support programs for the very neediest in communities nationwide providing toys for kids, food for the hungry and countless social service programs to all ages year-round. From its humble beginnings as a fund raiser started by a Salvation Army captain in San Francisco in 1891, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable outreach efforts in the United States.