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Salvation Army surpasses goal

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ROCHELLE B. BIRKELO
January 13, 2012
— The Salvation Army struck gold during its Christmas fundraising campaign and surpassed its $325,000 goal.

As of Wednesday, $326,200 had been donated including a 1-ounce Canadian gold coin wrapped in a $100 bill. It was dropped in a red kettle Saturday, Dec. 17, at Kmart, Maj. Bob Fay said.


"We have no idea who dropped it in, but it is the epitome of giving without any expectation or acknowledgement," he said.


Salvation Army advisory board members and volunteers found the gold piece while counting the money to be deposited in the bank, Fay said.


"There was a little bit of excitement in the room," he said.


The $50 coin is stored in safe place and likely will bring $1,600 to $1,800, Fay said.


A local Salvation Army advisory board member who has contact with people in the community who buy gold will take it to them and make sure the local church and social services agency gets the best price, Fay said.


The Salvation Army expects a few more Christmas campaign donations to arrive in the mail through next Wednesday, before closes the campaign and announce final dollars raised during an open house Thursday.


The Christmas campaign dollars make up one-third of the Salvation Army's annual budget, and exceeding the annual goal means "we will be able to breathe easy a little bit more," Fay said.


He said no staff or program cuts are planned.


"We'll work hard with the available resources, stretching them to meet the needs presenting themselves."


IF YOU GO

What: Christmas volunteers open house with tours and chili supper


When: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19.


Where: Salvation Army, 514 Sutherland Ave., Janesville.


Cost: Free


Details: Tours will be given of the social services center and the recently reopened community center starting at 5 p.m. A chili supper, 6 p.m. program and acknowledgement of the top 10 bell ringers also are planned, Maj. Ruth Fay said.


Its an appreciation to the community for raising our goal and a thank you to the bell ringers during the Christmas season, she said.


RSVP: Call (608) 757-8300 by Monday, Jan. 16.



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