Salvation Army Hopes To Raise $350K In Red Kettle Campaign
by Jill Johnson
November 18, 2013 5:45 PM
The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign kicked off in Sioux Falls on Friday, stomping the pavement,
ringing in the holiday season. Already, the donations are pouring in for what is their largest fundraiser of the entire year.
Major Thomas Riggs said, "We've got a good start going on. We've raised a little over $10,000 in the two days we've been out."
Usually a time when we begin seeing snow on the ground, Riggs says the nice weather is definitely helping out.
Riggs said, "Nice beautiful skies, the sun's shining and it's not too cold so people are excited, they're contributing."
With 60 bell ringers a day and 30 kettles at businesses throughout Sioux Falls, The Salvation Army's goal is to raise $350,000, $50,000 more than they collected last year.
"It's quite a bit more but we're seeing a lot more need," said Riggs.
Riggs says many in the community struggle to pay their rent, utility bills, and even medications. These are all things we contribute to, when we put money into a kettle.
Eighty percent of the money collected goes right back into the Sioux Falls community, the other 20 percent pays for overhead. The Salvation Army says they're still in need of some bell ringers to help them reach their goal.