PDT Staff Writer
The Salvation Army Portsmouth Corps is reporting that $101,500 was collected during this years kettle collection period. Lt. Mark Ferreira with the Salvation Army Portsmouth Corps, was pleased with the collection and said this will allow them to offer more and expanded services to the community.
“Last year (2011) we raised $87,000 and this year (2012) we were shooting for a goal of $90,000 and we ended up raising $101,500,” Ferreira said. “People really came out this year and were extremely generous. Making $100,000 through bell ringing is a dream come true.”
He said the goal for the year was ambitious.
“We were looking for $90,000 which would have been more than we have ever raised. That’s more than the people we have in the county. It was a big number to start with,” Ferreira said.
He said when the totals were tabulated it was an emotional time for him.
“When I added up the total it was emotional. It’s a real blessing to know that people believe in what we are doing and are willing to contribute to it in this way. To all of the people who donate throughout the year I’m so grateful. People need us and we’re going to keep on serving,” Ferreira said.
He said the Salvation Army is doing more than it ever has.
“We’re providing over a thousand meals a week. We helped hundreds of people with food and toys for Christmas. We’ve got hundreds of families that we’re assisting on a regular basis and things just keep growing, because the need has not disappeared,” Ferreira said.
He said the local Salvation Army feels encouraged to continue to find new ways to serve the community.
“The reality is, the fundraising we do at Christmas is one of the biggest things that supports us all year round. Having met our fundraising goal and exceeded our goal means we are positioned well to be able to continue to expand what we are doing,” Ferreira said. “All of this adds up to the fact that we’re prepared for the coming year. We anticipate the need will continue to rise and that more people will come through our doors.”
He said some of the things the Salvation Army is going to focus on in terms of expansion include, youth activities and many other areas.
For more information about the Salvation Army Portsmouth Corps visit them on facebook or call 740-353-2400.
Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or firstname.lastname@example.org.