The Lawrence Salvation Army wrapped up its annual Red Kettle Campaign a few thousand dollars short of its $100,000 goal, said Wes Dahlberg, executive director.
“We were one good day away from that,” said Dahlberg of the $97,100 the bell-ringers at 16 locations across the area brought in between Nov. 11 and Christmas Eve.
But 2011’s haul exceeded 2010’s campaign, which raised about $94,000, and Dahlberg said he “feels pretty good” about the campaign, particularly in the current economic climate.
Other area Salvation Armys were reporting a similar lull in Red Kettle campaigns, said Amanda Waters, spokeswoman for the Kansas and Western Missouri Division of the Salvation Army. For instance, the Red Kettle Campaign for the Kansas City metro area, which includes both Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo., was about $300,000 short of its $1.8 million goal, though donations for the campaign come in until the end of January, Waters said.