Salvation Army sets new kettle campaign record in Red Deer

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
January 3, 2017 - 4:18pm

Following a slow start, the Red Deer Salvation Army is reporting a new record setting kettle campaign.
As of December 20, totals were somewhere between $10,000 and $20,000 off last year's pace.
However, Major Larry Bridger confirms the organization had a phenomenal final week leading up to Christmas and in the end raised more than $246,000, surpassing the previous high of $234,000 from 2015.
"We can only express our appreciation to the people of Red Deer. They came through in a big way," he says. "We always expect the last week to be a big one, but this was far greater than what we expected."
Money raised at local kettle campaign locations will stay in Red Deer, Bridger adds.
"It's not just for use at Christmas time, but throughout the year, we operate a food bank, we have a feeding program for kids which we are expanding into more schools," he says. "We operate a seniors program and various other programs through Family Services."
Expansion of the school feeding program, which Bridger notes is at the top of the Salvation Army's priority list, currently serves 200 kids at 13 schools.

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