We’re thrilled to announce that The Salvation Army in Central Indiana has surpassed its 2014 Red Kettle Christmas Campaign goal of $3.3 million. As of Wednesday, more than $3,313,000 had been donated to the annual campaign through mail, online gifts, major gifts, special events and Red Kettle donations. Major Bob Webster, Commander of The Salvation Army Indiana Division, points to the donors for this year’s success. “We are continually humbled by the overwhelming generosity of our donors and volunteers. This is their achievement, a Central Indiana achievement. It ensures that we will be able to continue to serve our neighbors in need in 2015.”

Last year, through the generosity of Hoosiers, The Salvation Army was able to provide more than 107,000 safe nights of shelter and 509,000 meals for those in need in our community.

Achieving this year’s goal means The Salvation Army can continue to help people like Dale, a local veteran and single father who was struggling to provide for his children when a visit to a Salvation Army food pantry changed his life. Dale was facing mental health challenges that had cost him his job and home. The Salvation Army was able to provide much more than food that day, working with Dale to connect him with the mental health services he needed, financing for an apartment and a plan to get his life back on track.

“Our mission is to do the most good, for the most people, in the most need. Reaching our Christmas goal will help us accomplish that,” says Major Webster. “We want to thank the good people of Central Indiana for helping us continue to do the most good in our community.”