LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – After extending fundraising efforts during the holiday season, the Lafayette Salvation Army has finally met their goal.
Major Jim Irvine said this was one of the slowest years for their Christmas Red Kettle Program. He said cold weather and a slow economy contributed to the short fall.
The day after Christmas, the program was more than $30,000 dollars short of their goal of $377,000.
Irvine decided to extend the bell ringing period a few weeks after the holidays. Their efforts paid off. They ended up surpassing the goal by about $10,000.
Irvine says it was great to see the community come through.
“The amazing thing was, the week after Christmas, to see people walk into our building and say, ‘I heard you didn’t make the goal. We want you to know that we are sending in our gift.’” Irvine said.
Irvine said meeting the fundraising goal means people who need help will be able to receive it. If you would like to donate to the Salvation Army, click here.