Northern Division reaches goal in Christmas Campaign
Thanks to some unexpected large gifts, including one for $250,000 and another for $100,000, and thousands of other well-timed gifts that poured into mailboxes last week, The Salvation Army has officially met its Christmas Campaign goal in the Northern Division. To date, $17.7 million in gifts has been recorded by Salvation Army centers of operation throughout the division, well exceeding the goal of $17.5 million.
“We are grateful for the outpouring of gifts throughout Minnesota and North Dakota,” said Lt. Col. Daniel Sjögren, Salvation Army Northern Division Commander. “Thanks to this generosity, the people we serve will have access to more of the critical resources they need to move forward in 2013.”
In the Twin Cities alone, gifts have now exceeded the $9.8 million goal. To date, nearly $10 million has been counted and allocated to budgets for serving families and individuals in crisis in the 10-county metro area. Last year 288,000 people in the Twin Cites were helped by The Salvation Army through it 29 service centers, which includes a new suburban food shelf and St. Paul emergency youth shelter.
Throughout the states of Minnesota and North Dakota the scenario has been duplicated, with five cities exceeding their goals – St. Cloud, Rochester, Fairmont, Brainerd and Austin. Salvation Army centers across the two states report an end of the year surge helping most units to reach their individual goals.