The Salvation Army’s fundraising efforts were a success over the Christmas holiday.
The agency’s mail-out campaign raised $268,588, up 1.5 per cent, while the kettle campaign increased seven per cent to $140,176.
“Together our fundraising campaigns totalled $409,285,” said David MacBain, community ministries director.
“This is the first time we have received donations over $400,000. This total is up $14,232 from 2010.”
Beyond money, the community also donated a significant amount of non-perishable food items for the Vernon food bank.
“We wish to thank the many donors who helped make that a reality for us,” said MacBain.
“We realize that to whom much is given, much is expected. We commit, as always, to serve our community to the best of our ability, with God’s help, throughout the coming months.”