Despite a global pandemic and fewer volunteers working The Salvation Army’s red kettles this Christmas, the nonprofit said it has exceeded its campaign goal this year by tens of thousands of dollars.
"We felt confident the community would rise to the occasion, knowing the need is great," said The Salvation Army Tulsa Metro Area Command Major Mark Harwell. "We had no idea that we would surpass the goal as we did, by close to 6%."
The Salvation Army set a goal to raise $705,000. They raised $40,000 more.
"I think this really focuses on the individual that gives what they can," said Major Mark Harwell. “Instead of being out there traditionally bell ringing, on the street corner they set up their own virtual kettle and encouraged their friends and family to give online."
Some of the largest donations came just 10 days before Christmas.
"With this outpouring of support and other support we have received through the pandemic, we are really going to be positioned to sustain the Salvation Army's outreach programs throughout Green Country, going into the new year," said Major Mark Harwell.
To donate to the Salvation Army, visit the website here.