Final Push for Red Kettle Campaign

December 22, 2016 07:32 PM

(ABC 6 News)--We're coming down to our last couple days for the Red Kettle campaign. According to the Salvation Army--donations are down more than $2 million across Minnesota and North Dakota.

Donations are not only down in Rochester, but other surrounding areas as well.


"The cold weather last Saturday really impacted not only us, but the Salvation Army’s all over the upper Midwest with that bitter cold and people just stayed in," says Jerry William, with the Rochester Salvation Army.  

Rochester has a goal set at $400,000 and as of right now they are just above $216,000. Albert Lea hopes to raise $105,000 and they have raised almost $58,000 as of last Saturday. In Mason City, they have a goal of $90,000, but are $30,000 short.

Austin says they don't have a specific Red Kettle goal; they call it a Christmas goal with the hope to raise $179,000 and have raised around $92,000.

"We’re hoping to get some help. We have until December 31st for checks to start coming in through the mail or even if they want to bring them in here, so all the help we can get would be great," says Lieutenant David Amick, with the Austin Salvation Army.  

According to the Salvation Army’s website, at this time last year $5.3 million was donated in outstate areas of Minnesota and across North Dakota. Donations so far this year sit at $4.5 million.

To get a little extra help Thursday--a rivalry kettle stand, just two days before the rivalry game at Lambeau field--a Vikings and Packers kettle so people could support their team and the campaign.

"It’s the weekend of the big game, it's a lot of fun, you have your packer fans you have your Viking fans, a lot of people walking around here," says volunteer Tim Nela.  

Whether the campaign comes up short, or surpasses the Army's goal, Jerry wants his volunteers who helped out this season to know one thing.

"They’ve done a great job and we couldn't do it without them," says Williams.

This week in Rochester your dollar will go further with all donations matched up to $20,000. At last check, the Vikings were ahead by about $300 in the downtown kettles.


Marissa Collins

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