TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The final numbers are in and the Salvation Army of Shawnee Co. says it raised over a half-million dollars over the holiday season. The agency said the money will go toward providing warm meals, food, rent/utility assistance, and social services to those in need all year - not just over Christmas.
“The Salvation Army is humbled by the support from hundreds of friends of The Salvation Army who put money in our kettles every year or send a donation,” said Major Brian Burkett, corps officer for The Salvation Army of Topeka and Shawnee County.
Despite raising $508,000 though, the Salvation Army finished its Christmas Campaign 3% below its overall goal of $525,000. The Red Kettle Campaign, on the other hand, beat its $200,000 goal by $17,000.
“The Red Kettle Campaign is a crucial fundraising period for us, and the support we received will help us continue to provide services to more than 13,000 people each year,” added Burkett.
WIBW-TV anchor and Christmas Chair Ralph Hipp along with 94.5 Country FM radio personality and manager Keith Montgomery kicked off the Red Kettle campaign on November 21 by lighting the Christmas tree atop the WIBW radio.