Salvation Army kettles to close Christmas Eve
Published 10:18 am Tuesday, December 23, 2014
The Salvation Army had a big weekend ahead of the kettle drive ringing to a close on Christmas Eve.
The Salvation Army raised about $7,000 over the weekend during its match-weekend. After everything is matched, Lt. David Amick said they would have around $15,000 from the weekend.
Several anonymous local businesses agreed to match funds the Salvation Army received Friday and Saturday. The Masons of Austin agreed to triple the funds raised at the Hy-Vee grocery store.
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Overall, Amick said the overall holiday drive has raised more than $100,000.
“[We’re] doing very well,” Amick said. “Very excited this year.”
The kettles from Christmas Eve won’t be counted until after the holidays, and the mailed donations will continue coming in through Jan. 31, 2015. Amick said with the mail donations, he hopes they will meet their $125,000 goal this year.
“I think the kettles have done very well this year, so I definitely think it’ll be a strong finish,” he said.
Every dollar received stays local and helps the Salvation Army provide services to those in need.