Kettle campaign falls shortPublished 10:41am Thursday, January 10, 2013
The Salvation Army of Albert Lea finished its kettle campaign and didn’t reach its goal of $91,000. It’s yearly campaign is still going and finishes on Jan. 15.
“I will remain focused on the purpose of my calling here in Albert Lea and The Salvation Army,” said Capt. Jim Brickson.
For the first time in many years the red kettle goal was not reached and fell short by almost $14,000. On Nov. 15, Salvation Army officials announced Freeborn County’s 2012 Christmas Goal of $215,000. Of the $215,000, $91,000 is represented by the red kettles. Including the shortage of the red kettle, $59,000 remains of that overall goal. Earlier this month Brickson explained that the goal was set to support the needs of the community and the sustainability of the current programming. The 2012 campaign ends Jan. 15 allowing for last-minute donations.
“The great thing about The Salvation Army is their ability to adapt to each community as the need changes” Brickson said. “As a faith-driven origination we must leave what we do in the His hands, that’s what sets us apart.”
The long 116 year history of The Salvation Army in Freeborn County has seen many hurdles and many stumbles. The success lies within the community on Freeborn County.
You are still able to help. To make a donation you could either drop by or mail a check to the Salvation Army, 302 Court St. You may also make a donation online by going to the group’s website at http://dev.thesalarmy.org/community/albert-lea/.