Online Staff Report
Thousands of families throughout the Rockford area received assistance this Christmas season through The Salvation Army. Whether it was food, toys or both, The Salvation Army provided these items to more than 13,000 individuals (including 6,806 children) this past Christmas season.
From Oct. 31 through Dec. 31, more than 1,300 volunteers gave their time and energy to aid The Salvation Army in its efforts to serve those less fortunate. These volunteers assisted with Koats 4 Kids, Christmas registration and distribution, The Giving Tree, Twelve Hours of Salvation, Food For the Needy, Prison Toy Wrap, Adopt-A-Family, and, of course, the Red Kettle Campaign.
The Red Kettle Campaign raised more than $275,000, all of which is distributed within Winnebago County to those who need it most. With 40 Red Kettle sites and more than 3,500 service hours given this past Christmas season, this was one of the most successful years to date.
Winnebago County Coordinator Major Steve Merritt said: “I want to thank the Rockford region for their support through volunteer and financial giving. Your support is making a difference in lives.”
The Salvation Army is at 520 Hollister Ave., Rockford, and can be reached at (815) 708-6433 or online at www.salarmywinnebago.org.
Posted Jan. 15, 2015