Lyon County Red Kettle Campaign rescued by pre-Christmas rush

MARSHALL – Although the Lyon County Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign didn’t match last year’s total, a pre-Christmas surge to wrap up the 2013 campaign helped to make for a successful season.

This year’s campaign raised $31,496.64, just shy of last year’s $32,318 total.

Salvation Army volunteer kettle coordinator JoAnn Dorman said a number of factors worked against this year’s campaign, including one less week of ringing time because of the late Thanksgiving date and uncooperative weather.

“I think it turned out pretty darned good,” Dorman said. “I feel good about it, considering 10 days before (the campaign ended) we were only at $19,000. We were less than $1,000 compared to last year and considering we had seven days less of ringing and that blast of weather – that makes a difference.”

Dorman called that final weekend of fundraising before Christmas “huge,” not just in donations, but with volunteer bell ringers as well.

“There were a lot of people out getting ready for Christmas,” she said. “And I had a lot of new people volunteering at that time because Christmas was on a Wednesday, and there wasn’t school that Monday (before Christmas) so we had a lot of families that volunteered to ring that day, which was really nice.”

The campaign added 38 new volunteer bell ringers in 2013.

“I hope the word is spreading that we’re always trying to get more ringers involved, more kids, too,” she said. “Some of that’s working.”

All dollars donated will stay in Lyon County and will assist residents with basic needs, utilities, housing and disaster relief.