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Rochester Salvation Army announces nearly $1.2 million raised during Christmas campaign

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Salvation Army in Rochester announced a new fundraising record for its 2019 Red Kettle Christmas Campaign.

According to a news release from the Salvation Army, the campaign raised nearly $1.2 million, exceeding the campaign goal of $950,000.

"The Salvation Army is beyond grateful to this community for their incredible generosity this year,” said Major Bob Mueller, Corps Officer of The Salvation Army, in a news release. “From Mayo Clinic doing a massive match right before Christmas, to all the amazing businesses, churches, schools, and other groups that took part in the campaign, to the volunteers that drove, counted, and rang bells, we really saw this community come together this year, and we are so excited to see all the good we’ll be able to do for people in 2020.”

The money will keep them funded through 2020 and will help aid more people in the various programs they offer which are: emergency assistance, utility and rental assistance, serving meals every day, a food pantry, and two transitional houses that keep up to 44 people out of homelessness.

Major Mueller wants to express his sincere gratitude to everyone who donated and to those countless volunteers ringing bells and continuing to serve the less fortunate, and says he was overcome with emotions when they received the final count. However, he wanted to reiterate that behind all the money are "people in need being served and us helping them keep on their feet and make them well."

The Salvation Army also announced that it will be hosting a breakfast to thank the community on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Anyone to participated in the campaign as a donor or volunteer is invited to attend for free and other members of the community are asked to make a donation of insulated gloves, hats or socks.

Zach Fuller

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