The Salvation Army's Christmas Kettle Campaign made approximately $42,000 this year.
Capt. Chad Ingram of the Salvation Army says the annual Christmas Kettle Campaign has surpassed its $40,000 goal by approximatey $2,000.
AMHERST – The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign has surpassed its $40,000 goal.
“We made about $2,000 more than we hoped. There was a real push at the end and it put us over the top,” Capt. Chad Ingram of the Amherst Salvation Army said Thursday. “Going into the final days there was genuine concern we weren’t going to make it. We were running out of days and there were also a couple of storm days mixed in.”
Ingram said things began to pick up on the day Walmart announced $50,000 for the campaign nationally. Ingram said the more money that was raised locally would give the campaign here access to more of the national money.
“We had a lot of donations on that day and a lot of organizations and service clubs gave us their cheques,” Ingram said.
Kettles were located at the Amherst Centre Mall, Walmart at the Atlantic Superstore and they were staffed by representatives of the Salvation Army, community groups and individuals who wanted to give something back to their community.
Ingram said the money raised goes to support Salvation Army programs all year. Amherst already has a good Christmas program, he said, and while some of the money raised does go to support Christmas programming, most of it goes into funds that support heating and support for families.
Part of the problem, he added, is that while community support grows, so too does the demand for assistance. Ingram said it’s always a fine line the Army walks in trying to meet that increasing demand.
People, he said, can continue supporting the fund by contacting the thrift stores in either Amherst or Springhill or calling 597-3954. All the money stays in Cumberland County.