The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

January 12, 2013

Salvation Army reaches Red Kettle annual goal

By Samantha Pidde
Herald Staff Writer

CLINTON — The Clinton Salvation Army has made its yearly Red Kettle goal.

When the campaign began in November, Lt. Jeanette Jensen expressed concern about meeting the goal. The Salvation Army had been unable to offer services for half of the year because it did not make the goal. Jensen said in November that they would do whatever it took to meet their $55,000 goal.

Kettles were located in 12 places at department and grocery stores, as well as nine miniature kettles in banks, businesses and restaurants. Jensen confirmed Thursday morning that the campaign came in slightly greater than the goal, with a total of $55,490.50 in donations.

“But considering that we haven’t made in three years, we were just ecstatic,” Jensen said.

A press release from the Salvation Army said this is a “big shot in the arm” for the organization. After not being able to help anyone in their social services office since July due to lack of funds, the organization will be back at full working capacity and “helping the citizens of Clinton County in tangible and relevant ways.”

“Which is a long time coming,” Jensen said.

Jensen is thankful to all of the volunteers, as well as everyone who donated to the campaign.

“We would be in a horrible situation if it weren’t for the residents of Clinton. We rely so heavily on the donations and gifts of the community. We asked, they listened, and God has blessed us richly through their generosity,” Jensen said.

Now that the Christmas season is over, the Salvation Army kicks off its year-long programs. This includes the organization’s emergency food pantry and social services general assistance, as well as year-round church and youth programming.

“Our goal is to be a safe, comfortable space for all members of our community. If someone needs a church, or kids need a constructive group to be a part of, or even if someone enjoys volunteer work and giving back, we want people to have us in mind. We want to be here for them as much as they have been here for us,” Lt. Shane Jensen said.