Sarnia’s Salvation Army is thanking the community after a record-setting Christmas kettle campaign.
“This year we raised 146,517,” said Capt. Nancy Braye with the Salvation Army. “It’s the most we have ever raised.”
The total well surpassed the group’s $128,000 goal.
“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” Braye said.
Braye credits kettle coordinator Erin Pollard for expanding the campaign’s volunteer base.
“The more volunteers we have the more hours our kettles can be out, therefore, we are able to collect more money,” she said.
Braye said the kettles in Corunna, managed by Margaret Glowa, raised over $20,000 for the second year in a row.
“That’s a pretty big deal,” Braye said about the Corunna total.
The money raised by the Salvation Army supports its family services department and food bank.
“All the money stays local,” said Braye.
A lot of the money, according to Braye, is used to purchase goods for the food bank which serves over 800 individuals each month.
The Salvation Army also assists with utilities and rent and provides medical and dental assistance.
Braye said anyone who wishes to support the Salvation Army can donate to its food bank or thrift store.
“Our community is extremely generous for the Salvation Army and if it were not for the generosity of the local people, local businesses, and local families we would not be able to assist people who are in need in our community,” Braye said.