AMHERST – The Amherst Salvation Army received a special Christmas gift this week. The kettle campaign, which supplies the Salvation Army with most of their funding for the year, surpassed its $39,000 goal.
“We did really well,” Cpt. Chad Ingram with the Salvation Army said recently. “We’re still waiting on the final count from one kettle, the Pugwash Kettle, but it will put us close to $40,000.”
For the third year in a row, Wal-mart doubled the money of their sponsored kettle. This year, the Salvation Army raised $2,000 in one day at their Wal-mart location, which was doubled by the store.
Although the Maritime region saw a successful kettle campaign, Canada as a whole did not quite make their set goal.
“The national goal was $19 million,” said Ingram. “It means giving was down this year. But across the Maritimes, we were up by a couple of thousand dollars. Atlantic Canada was carrying a lot of the weight this year in terms of the kettle campaign.”
Ingram said, on behalf of his wife and himself, he’d like to send out a huge thank you to everyone who supported the campaign this year and all the volunteers who helped throughout the campaign.
Money raised through the campaign goes to help support the Salvation Army and they work they do for needy families in Cumberland County and Amherst communities.