PDT Staff Writer
The Salvation Army, Portsmouth Corps, set a goal to raise $101,000 during its annual Red Kettle Campaign that took place over the holiday season.
In late December, Lt. Mark Ferreira with the Salvation Army Portsmouth Corps reported they were $2,000 short of their goal. As of Monday morning, Ferreira is reporting they have surpassed their goal.
“The final tally as I have it right now is about $102,000, so we’ve exceeded our goal,” Ferreira said.
Ferreira said the Red Kettle Campaign is the Salvation Army’s largest fundraiser and proceeds help fund various local activities and programs.
“We’re providing over a 1,000 meals a week (through a food pantry). We helped hundreds of people with food and toys for Christmas. We’ve got hundreds of families that we’re assisting on a regular basis and things just keep growing, because the need has not disappeared,” Ferreira said.
He said the Salvation Army helped more than 300 children with toys for Christmas, which represents about 75 additional kids than last year.
Based on the success of this year’s campaign Ferreira said, the organization owes a thanks to the community.
“We owe our thanks, because we had a season that was shorter that usual this year, but we have need that is greater than ever,” Ferreira said, “What we’ve seen is that people have pulled together and supported what we are doing and supported people who are hurting in our community.”
Ferreira said that because of the large number of volunteer groups the organization had throughout the campaign, the Salvation Army was able to increase their net income over years past.
“That speaks to people’s generosity in giving of their time and money,” Ferreira said. “As a result of all of this we hope to continue to expand our services throughout the year.”
The Salvation Army Portsmouth Corps is located at 1001 9th St., in Portsmouth. For more information about the Salvation Army Portsmouth Corps, visit them on Facebook or call 740-353-2400.
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