Michele Spring Reporting:

(Friday, December 28, 2018) New Philadelphia, Ohio – The Salvation Army of Dover and New Philadelphia is feeling grateful for the community members who helped them surpass their donation goal during their 2018 Red Kettle Campaign.

Lt. Andrew Allen said this year the Salvation Army raised their goal to $125,000 and exceeded that by $14,000.

“Right now we stand at a little over $139,000. That doesn’t include the paper kettles. That doesn’t include just a few counter kettles that we have out that we will be collecting. The final number will be a little bit above what we have right now.”

Last Thursday they raised $11,000 in matchable funds during their one-day-only $20 donation challenge. Allen also noted that the Dover-Phila Credit Union donated a check of $14,000 at the beginning to help jumpstart the campaign.

“We’re just so blessed to be in this community, to be surrounded by individuals and businesses and communities and churches and organizations that are just so generous with their time and resources and support in the Salvation Army.”

Allen noted that this was the first year the Salvation Army implemented their text-to-donate mobile system and with that, they received just over $100 in donations. He says next year, they hope to focus more on that program given the cashless society we live in.

“So, we are just very fortunate to live in a community where we still have that support, especially in the changing environment in terms of a decrease in retail shopping and the increase in online shopping. So, we’re very, very fortunate to meet and exceed our goal.”

Donations will be used for the local Salvation Army and will help fund the daily soup kitchen; which feeds an average of 40 people a day, the emergency assistance program, the many youth programs, and the emergency food bank.

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