MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Final results for The Salvation Army 2017 Red Kettle effort were totaled this week for Marquette County. $96,182.74 was raised to support programs in Marquette, Alger and eastern Baraga counties. This exceeded the goal of $94,000 that was originally budgeted, and represents an increase of more than 5 percent over last year’s fund-raising efforts.
“All of the credit goes to the people who stop to put in a few dollars as they pass the Red Kettle,” said Captain Doug Winters, Marquette County Corps Officer. “The whole community really stepped up and stood alongside The Salvation Army this year to achieve this goal. People understand that the need is real.”
Winters credited the committed efforts of service clubs, individual volunteers, and other organizations that participated as well as a core group of committed paid workers who staffed the Red Kettles each day during this campaign.
Due to this campaign, the programs of The Salvation Army will continue unhindered. These service programs, based in facilities in Ishpeming and Marquette, focus on serving at-risk people in our communities, some that are homeless or facing potential homelessness. Major services include food pantries, community lunch feeding programs, case management and guidance, utility assistance using federal and state funds, and the Christmas toy drive in cooperation with The Mining Journal Cheer Club and other service clubs. Over 33,000 meals were served in Marquette County, and over 3,400 monthly food baskets were distributed in the past year. 3,090 case management meetings were held in Ishpeming and Marquette to ensure that the services continue to serve the people who need it most.
Winters reported that the largest anonymous gift was four $100 bills wrapped together and deposited in the Red Kettle at Jubilee Foods in Ishpeming. This same gift was given last year in the same location. One service club raised over $5,800 in bell ringing, and one organization in Ishpeming raised $3,500 in a one-night fund-raiser to support the Red Kettle campaign. The county sheriff's department, Marquette Fire Fighters, and a Boy Scout Troop are some examples of those who were involved this year.
Other critical fund raising includes donations received throughout the year and the direct mail campaign. Additional support comes from the profits of the Family Thrift Store in Marquette and from the United Way of Marquette County. Other direct gifts also support the programs, including food donations from the TV6 Canathon and United States Postal Service can drive, and ongoing donations from area food distributors and retailers.
The Salvation Army has operated continuously in Marquette County since 1889.
How You Can Help:
• By Mail, send in a check
The Salvation Army
1009 Baraga Ave
Marquette, MI 49855
The Salvation Army
222 E. Division St.
Ishpeming, MI, 49849
• By Mail, Send in your gift using your mail appeal envelope
• Donate online at http://www.salvationarmywi.org/wum/marquette or http://www.salvationarmywi.org/wum/ishpeming and click the “donate now” button for your donations to go to services in our communities.
• To volunteer for specific events or to put your name on a list of potential volunteers, please call our offices.