The numbers are in and for the second year in a row Ramsey County Salvation Army had a record breaking year.
Thanks to the donations received by the people of the county the 2012 Christmas season received a record-setting $44,000. That amount is almost $17,000 more than the previous record set in 2011.
That success is in large part due to volunteer Jean Baker, who, in her first year as kettle chair, spent more than 100 hours recruiting 177 volunteers who gave 520 hours of bell ringing at three kettle locations: Kmart, Leevers Foods and Walmart.
Baker, herself, spent 54 hours ringing the bell herself.
“Her efforts were incredible,” said Evan Heustis, who leads The Salvation Army’s efforts in Ramsey County. “The generosity of Ramsey County residents was equally impressive. We are grateful for the support we received during the 2012 Christmas season.”
Christmas Campaign donations fund local Salvation Army emergency assistance programs that provide food, transportation assistance, shelter and other critical services.
About two-thirds of the $44,000 came from kettle donations and the rest from mailings, fundraising events and direct gifts from local businesses.
The Salvation Army Northern Division has been serving Minnesota and North Dakota communities since 1886. Today the Northern Division serves in all 140 counties of both states, providing food, shelter, clothing, youth programs and other critical services to nearly 590,000 people a year. To volunteer with The Salvation Army or make a donation, call 662-6069.