The Lawrence Salvation Army surpassed its 2008 Red Kettle Christmas Campaign goal for the first time in years.
The campaign goal was $100,000 and $103,601 was raised. In 2007, the campaign raised $96,000.
“We are pleased that the community has supported our work,” said Capt. Wes Dalberg, the local commander. “We wholeheartedly thank the community for their time and generosity.”
Current economic conditions have increased the need for the Salvation Army’s services, and there was concern that the community would not be able to give as much this year, Dalberg said. The community did respond, however.
Dalberg noted that the army was able to distribute 200 Thanksgiving baskets and 3,000 coats thanks to the Scotch Fabric Care Services’ campaign. In addition, 120 families were cared for through the Adopt a Family Program. A total of 320 families with 650 children received toys through the collaborative efforts of the Salvation Army and the Toys for Tots program.
Contributions are still being accepted, and the need for services will continue, Dalberg said. Checks can be mailed to 946 N.H., 66044, or you can call 843-4188 for more information.