The Salvation Army in Wichita reported that general donations were higher, but the agency still fell just short of its fund raising goal for its Christmas campaign.
The campaign officially ended January 31st, and the Salvation Army reported that general donations were up 11 percent after a six-year decline. With one less week for bell ringers this past season, the Red Kettle donations were $80,000 short of the goal.
The Salvation Army reports collecting 97 percent of its goal of $1.2 million. The agency reported serving over 11,000 individuals, 2,700 families, 7,400 children and distributing over 22,000 toys over the past Christmas season.
The Wichita City Commander, Major James Curl, said in a press release that there is a potential of greater need in the coming months. Curl said the agency will begin its Food Share Month food collection campaign in March, working to raise goods and donations for its food pantry.