Donations to Salvation Army are pretty good. The numbers are in from the bell ringing campaign for the Polk County Salvation Army’s red kettle campaign this holiday season. Despite the struggling economy in Polk and St. Croix Counties, donations were above the goals for each county.
Duanna Bremmer is the director the the salvation army in Polk and St. Croix Counties. “We did reach our goal in Polk County. Our goal was $80,000 and we raised $80,677. We also reached our goal in St. Croix County. The goal there was $100,000 and they reached $106,000.”
To reach the goal the red kettle campaign started earlier this year and ended later this year. They started deer hunting weekend in both counties. “The reason we start in that weekend is we do need those extra two weeks. In Polk County we also rang the week after Christmas and the reason being demand for our services has increased so much. We’ve seen about a 300 percent increase over the last two years.”
All of the money raised in Polk and St. Croix Counties stays in those counties.
Kurt Mayer, WXCE