CORNWALL – The Salvation Army was able to top its $110,000 fundraising goal over the holiday season.
The final tally is roughly $123,000 and money was raised through three avenues – the Christmas kettle campaign, the Santa Shuffle Fun Run & Elf Walk on Dec. 6, 2014 and direct mail pledges.
“All these three together gave us our best year since I’ve been here and that’s just our sixth year. People have responded very favourably to the Salvation Army’s need for funds,” Pastor Oren Cole told Cornwall Newswatch.
He says the money will help meet the increased demand at their food bank.
“What we’ve discovered since the fall is the trend is increasing in the number of people coming from SD&G and, in addition to that, the cost of food isn’t going down. With these two things our budget has got to be increased and the only source of money is from the public,” he said.
The Salvation Army provides food for more than 300 families a month and also operates a school breakfast and lunch bag program at two local schools.
Cole says the Santa Shuffle run will be back next year and they will be making improvements to the event.