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Salvation Army surpasses kettle campaign goal

The Salvation Army raised more than its goal of $110,000 during its kettle campaign that started Nov. 21 and ran through Christmas Eve. 

Salvation Army Corp Officer Captain Patrick Richmond said the Salvation Army raised a total of $125,635.47 during the kettle campaign. 

“We could not have done this without the amazing support and generosity of this community,” Richmond said. 

During the 2016 kettle campaign, the religious organization raised about $13,000 more than it did in 2015. 

The kettle campaign took place at three Danville locations — Walmart, Kroger and Hobby Lobby. 

“Our best door was the General Merchandise door at the Walmart in Danville,” Richmond said. 

2016 was the first year the Salvation Army had bell ringers stationed at Hobby Lobby. Richmond said it was a excellent addition to the campaign. 

“The staff there were very welcoming and to offer another inside location to our volunteers was a huge blessing,” he said. 

Richmond said if all goes as planned, the organization hopes to be able to post bell-ringers at all three locations again this year. 

The total number of volunteers in 2016 was 1,848, with a total of 2,270 hours served, Richmond said. 

“Unfortunately, our volunteer hours were down from (2015) about 100 hours, which left a few locations empty comparatively,” he said.

“Overall, we are overwhelmed by the generosity of this community and its support of The Salvation Army, he said. “Because of our donors and their support through their giving, The Salvation Army can continue to serve those in need in Boyle, Casey, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer Counties.

“And we give God the Glory, honor and thanks for all he has done and what he will do through these efforts.”