Salvation Army raises over $40,000

Published 6:25 pm Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The holiday season has come to a close and thanks to many in Selma and Dallas County, the Salvation Army had another tremendous season.

Major Steve Welch, with the Salvation Army, said Monday that volunteer raised an average of $2.27 an hour more than last year and nearly $1,000 more total than what was raised in 2013.

Every angel from the angel tree was also adopted, which ensured children had the Christmas day they dream about all year long.

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There were 592 angels in all and they received an average of 11 gifts each — which should have resulted in a very merry Christmas.

We often talk — and sometimes rant — about how important it is to support nonprofit entities such as the Salvation Army, but it’s not often that we have figures on hand that reflect the giving spirit of those in our community.

Everyone who donated or volunteered even an hour of their time should be commended for their efforts this year.

With a couple of kettles still left to be counted, the Salvation Army was at just under $40,000 raised in this region.

Welch said once all kettles are counted the funds will surpass that number.

The donations will be used for different community projects this upcoming year.

Thanks to all of those who spent time volunteering to help the Salvation Army and those who donated when they were able.

Every little penny can make such a big difference when all added up.