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Preston Red Kettle Campaign helps county

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

The Salvation Army of Fillmore County held one of its Red Kettle Campaigns on Friday, December 20, 2013 in Preston, Minn., which is a very important fundraising event for the Salvation Army in Fillmore County as it collects a large portion of the entire budget for the year.

Volunteers rang bells beginning at 9 a.m. at the F&M Bank corner offering friendly smiles to those walking by of which many stopped to drop money in the red kettle and also to visit with the people ringing the bells.

The kettle remained at F&M Bank until 5 p.m. when it moved to Preston Foods until the end of the campaign at 8 p.m. Many generous residents of Fillmore County reached deep into their pockets to donate.

Dan Christianson and F&M Bank of Preston graciously offered to match 25 cents on each dollar raised up to $1,000. Christianson stated that F&M Bank has been involved for a number of years and stated “It’s a great thing to do for the Salvation Army of Fillmore County.”

The money raised stays in Fillmore County and Christianson commented that it is good to “give locally” to benefit those in need right here in Fillmore County.

This Fillmore County Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign raised $2,584.01. The matching amount for F&M Bank would have been $646 but F&M Bank “rounded up,” said Dan Christianson, giving $700. This elevates the total amount raised to $3,284.01.

According to member Joan Kidd the Salvation Army of Fillmore County serves residents in many different ways. The five schools in Fillmore County receive $600 for their milk break programs for those who cannot afford the cost, 100 holiday food boxes are distributed on Thanksgiving and Easter, and personal needs kits are distributed to those who need them.

A new program called “Shop with a Cop” has been given financial support through the Salvation Army and matches up children with police officers to let the kids shop for holiday gifts for their families.

Nursing home residents in the county enjoy social time with others with root beer floats provided by the Salvation Army service unit of Fillmore County.

Each year a certain amount of money is also allotted for personal assistance and emergency financial assistance to individuals such as gas to get to a medical appointment or help with other financial needs.

The Salvation Army of Fillmore County service unit meets once a month on the fourth Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at the Preston United Methodist Church and is always looking for new members. For more information phone Joan Kidd at (507) 352-2242 or come to the next meeting.

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