Salvation Army Red Kettles bring In over $23,000

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By Correne Martin


The numbers are in, and the Crawford County Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign collected $23,372 between Nov. 29 and Dec. 24, 2019. This met the organization’s goal and was up $415 over the previous year, according to Jen Kapinus, coordinator. 

“This is great, as we lost a week of bell ringing due to Thanksgiving being a week late, we didn’t have as many bell ringers as usual, and I think there were fewer people in stores in general,” Kapinus said. “With one week to go, we were $13,000 short of our goal, but people came through and were very generous this year.”

She added that a good number of donations were sent through the mail this year as well, which also helped boost the final total.

The Red Kettle funds are important to the local Salvation Army chapter, in the way that they’re used only in the county to assist people in need of emergency lodging, rent/mortgages, utilities, medical equipment, prescriptions, glasses, shoes, clothing, diapers, groceries, hot meals, flood relief, plumbing repairs, door and window replacements, etc. 

“We are so thankful to the community for its support to make this happen another year,” Kapinus stated. “The families of our area who give are so wonderful.”

In addition, the Salvation Army chapter’s Christmas program also assisted 211 kids, or 68 families, countywide. This organized effort accepts community donations toward providing Christmas presents to those who may not have otherwise gotten anything.

With this culmination, Kapinus also noted that, after 14 years in her voluntary chairperson position, she is stepping away to take a new job. (She will still do disaster assistance though.) She said she’s grateful for the positive experiences the Salvation Army duties allowed her and is proud of all the assistance achieved during her time. 

Anyone with interest in continuing her success with the Crawford County Salvation Army is encouraged to email 

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