It's a night of celebration for the Salvation Army, the charity concluded it's holiday fundraising efforts Thursday night. The group announced the "Make a Difference" campaign total. The goal was $430 thousand dollars. Donations come from the Red Kettle Campaign as well as through the mail. Top bell ringing groups and individuals were also recognized and presented with a traveling trophy. Captain Paul James says fundraising is crucial to the Salvation Army's success.
"It means we're able to take care of their needs and give them a warm meal. That we're able to give them blankets and a warm place to stay so us making our goal gives us hope that we're able to provide for those individuals."
Retired judge John Freese, this year's kettle fundraising chairmen, also spoke at the celebration.