Despite a slow start, the local chapter of the Salvation Army has reached its goal of $22,000.

 


Despite a slow start, the local chapter of the Salvation Army has reached its goal of $22,000.
“Ramsey County has done it,” said Lisa Ripplinger, case worker for the Salvation Army Extension Unit of Ramsey County. “As of today, the kettle total is $22,035.17.”
The total was pushed over the limit on Wednesday, when Wally's Supermarket turned in a check for $1,115.
Ripplinger said that total will increase as the final “counter kettles” are picked up from local restaurants.
“I am so excited to share what this community has accomplished and to let them know what a difference they have invested for assisting someone in need for the upcoming year,” Ripplinger said.
This year, she noted, 40 Christmas gifts were given to needy children in the Lake Region.
But, the Salvation Army's work isn't limited to the holiday season. The Salvation Army lends a hand in emergency and crisis situations, provides summer camp opportunities and offers a number of other services throughout the year.
Ripplinger said they are particularly grateful to those who donated their time to ring the bell at the Salvation Army kettles in Devils Lake.
“Local volunteer bell ringing hours totaled 75 hours at Wal-Mart and over 90 at Kmart,” she said. “Marlene Jonas donated every morning, the week of Christmas, to bell ring at Kmart.”
Ripplinger said new and veteran volunteers stepped up to help, as did students from the local high school.