The Salvation Army recaps the 2021 Red Kettle campaign

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ESCANABA, Mich. (WLUC) – The bells have rung on 22 red kettles across the UP this holiday season. While the Salvation Army says less money was raised this year compared to 2020, the campaign was nonetheless a success.

The Salvation Army in Escanaba raised $ 70,000 and Marquette County raised $ 75,000.

“There have been challenges faced this giving season and it was really cool to see for us this year,” said Cari Detmers, director of development at The Salvation Army.

In 2020, Escanaba raised $ 87,000 while Marquette County raised $ 98,700.

Despite the numbers not corresponding to 2020, Detmer says they are on par with normal donation rates. However, she says the biggest challenge this year has been finding enough volunteers.

“Ringing the kettle is hard in bad weather, but damn it, we have some great volunteers coming in every year along with the new ones. We’ve had a few churches this year, ”Detmer said.

Other donations have also helped this year, such as game days in Delta County.

“In Escanaba, we had two different match days. $ 2,500 a day which was great because it gets everyone to go out and put some money in the kettle, ”said Detmer.

Marquette County hosted a Schools Battle between Ishpeming and Negaunee High Schools and a Towns Battle for Marquette and Ishpeming.

“Both focused on the community focus on what the Salvation Army is doing in Marquette County and then, of course, the matching grants in Delta County. It’s been a good season, ”said Detmer.

Red Kettle Campaign funds help maintain all Salvation Army programs.

“To our feeding programs, or pantry programs, to any of our children’s programs that we put in place. It all stays here in our community, ”said Detmer.

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