MARQUETTE COUNTY — The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign came to a close last week, and the outpouring of support throughout the community was highlighted.
In total, just over $97,000 was raised throughout Marquette County, surpassing last year’s $96,000. They were just short of this year’s fundraising goal, but the Salvation Army says the support they’ve received is what keeps them going strong.
“The Red Kettle effort is used year year to help fund our operations,” said Captain Doug Winters. “Just because the Christmas season is over, the need is still there. Year after year, we’ve seen a 40% increase in the baskets we’re giving out in our food pantry – the need is there, and the community understands that, and they see the Salvation Army is a way to help.”
Speaking of a way to help, the food pantries are always looking for volunteers. Winters adds that if you have a couple of hours, or would even like to be put on a schedule, your help is very much appreciated.