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2012 Red Kettle campaign report

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Hello, Everyone,

We wanted to share with one and all our 2012 Red Kettle campaign report. As you may remember, with a late start last year, but with great community response, we raised $23,500 in combined Red Kettle and mail-in response. This year our goal was $33,000. We had never set a goal that high! Many said it couldn't be done with a community our size, so "don't get your hopes up or be disappointed."

Well, the good news is that every hour we could get a bell ringer to man a kettle meant another family we could help. Four times the number of churches participated, and new individuals rang for us. Several new civic clubs, a 4-H and a Girl Scout troop, and businesses got involved.

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Our communities responded with Red Kettle totals of $27,484-plus and added mail-appeal response, in December alone, of $7,828-plus for a combined 2012 total of $35,313! We are thoroughly blessed! I believe this is the best we've ever done.

Thanks to God and the kind generosity of the givers, bell ringers and store hosts, we report that this campaign was a wonderful success! Please share our GOOD NEWS!

All God's best,

Tony Shuff
Keest Center Director
The Salvation Army

[Posted January 21, 2013]

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