(ATLANTIC) Times may be tough, but that didn’t stop the generous donations from flowing in this Holiday season. The Cass County Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign raised $11,176, almost double the amount raised last year.
“I was really surprised, I knew it [the money] was coming in good and we had a number of checks come in on the last two weekends for donations, but we had fine weather and we had people that were willing to step up for the first time and ring bells and again we’re thankful for the generosity of the people who gave,” said Duane McFadden, Chairman of the Cass County Red Kettle Campaign.
McFadden says 90 percent of the funds raised stays in Cass County. “They get backpacks for the kids, they help people that need assistance with gasoline, if someone is coming into the area and maybe going to a funeral and run out of funds we can help them, they use money for the “Shop With a Cop” program and also we’re going to be looking at other things that we can help with in funding, as the federal and state funding on many of these programs cut back we can step up and help keep some of the programs better funded.”
Last year the campaign raised around $5,820.