Warren County's continued support has led to another successful holiday season for the Salvation Army and its Red Kettle Campaign.
"With your help, we were able to reach our goal by helping 590 children with clothing and toys, gave aid to 345 families, and served more than 400 meals at Thanksgiving," said Major Ronald Starnes.
The 2012 holiday season saw a significant increase from the 2011 season during which the Salvation Army helped 390 children, aided 334 families, and served 378 meals at Thanksgiving.
"We could never begin to do all of this without the outpouring of your hearts for people in need," added Starnes.
In Warren County, nearly $73,400 in total donations were collected during the Red Kettle Campaign, enough to meet and exceed goals set by the organization.
"It is a humbling yet joyful experience to know much you think of our work," Starnes said.
According to the Salvation Army, the yearly campaign received more than 700 hours of donated time from local clubs, organizations, sports teams, and schools who took part as volunteer bell ringers.
Northwest Savings Bank's corporate office donated over 180 hours of service to the campaign by manning the kettle that stood in front of the bank's downtown office all season.
In addition to monetary donations, it is estimated that more than 8,000 canned food items were donated by local schools and churches that participated in food drives.
"We are proud to be a partner with our community in helping meet needs," said Starnes, "Major Margaret (Starnes) and I are blessed to be your Salvation Army officers, and we thank you for all you do."