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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (February 4, 2016) – The Salvation Army of Kansas and Western Missouri is pleased to announce that it met its $10 million Red Kettle Campaign goal this holiday season, thanks to the support and generosity of the Greater Kansas City community. During the holiday season, The Salvation Army provided assistance to tens of thousands of people across Kansas City through several programs, including Adopt-A-Family, bell ringing for the Red Kettles, providing holiday meals and food baskets, visits to homebound senior citizens and more.
“We are so excited to share news that we met our holiday campaign goal this year and want to thank our community for their profound generosity through monetary gifts, donated goods and thousands of volunteer hours,” said Divisional Commander Major Evie Diaz. “We are able to help our struggling neighbors in need, providing a meal, clothing or shelter, all thanks to the kindness of our community.”
This holiday season, The Salvation Army was able to help 15,300 Greater Kansas City metro citizens and 4,500 Kansas City families in need, provide 1,200 meals to those who go hungry and fulfill 4,400 grocery orders to those in need. The organization collected 11,600 clothing items and distributed 23,600 toys to children who may have not received a Christmas gift otherwise. This would not have been possible without assistance from the 1,200 volunteers who contributed 3,700 hours to helping those struggling in the Kansas City community.
Proceeds from the Red Kettle Campaign support many of the Salvation Army programs and services throughout the year, including food assistance, emergency rent and utility assistance, necessities at the Children’s Shelter for abused and neglected children, alcohol and drug abuse treatment programs, senior citizens programs, homeless shelters, transitional housing for veterans and many more.
The needs in the Kansas City community exist all year round. People need shelter every night and Kansas Citians go hungry every day. To learn more about how to give, visit salarmymokan.org/ways-to-give/.