AKRON, OH - The Salvation Army of Summit County is announcing the successful completion of the 2009 Red Kettle Campaign. The red kettles raised $406,840.78, just over the $400,000 goal.
Captain James Betts, a kettle campaign veteran and head of Summit County Area Services commented, "We are delighted to have a successful end to the campaign in this challenging year, with a full 53% of clients coming to us for help for the very first time. It is inspiring to see that God is providing for those in need through the generosity of those still in a position to give this year."
Honorary Red Kettle Chairman Marty Hauser added that he was "thrilled to be a part of the campaign this year and would like to thank everyone who contributed to this success."
Funds raised through the Red Kettle Campaign support the ongoing operations of The Salvation Army, including children's programs, homelessness prevention and emergency shelter, hot meals and food pantry programs, and many more. Thank you to all those Summit County residents who played a part in the successful campaign.