The Salvation Army of Livingston County raised more than $378,000 to date during its Christmas campaign, 12 percent more than its goal of $337,000, according to a press release from the organization.
The Christmas campaign is the Salvation Army's largest fundraising effort each year. The money it raises during Nov. 1 through Jan. 31 goes to support year-round programs.
Captain Aaron Ortman, Corps Officer for The Salvation Army of Livingston County said the campaign's success is due to the generosity of the community members.
“We have always been blessed with a community that supports its neighbors through The Salvation Army and this season definitely shows this,” Ortman, said. “It is a blessing to have donors who understand the importance of helping each other out and entrusting The Salvation Army with these resources.”
Funds were raised through the red kettles, stationed at 17 county locations from mid-November to Christmas Eve, as well as through mail and internet donations received.
The Salvation Army in coordination with many other organizations and churches also assisted 752 families this Christmas season with food, clothing and gifts to help celebrate the holiday.
“We want to thank every person who sent in a donation, gave online, and dropped a few cents into our red kettles," Ortman said. "The Salvation Army could not operate in our community without your help.”