The annual Red Kettle campaign ended after Christmas in the area. Nicole Peterson from the campaign said recently that the campaign went about as they had expected, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Peterson said the Salvation Army group was very appreciative to not only those who donated, but to all of the businesses that hosted either a Kettle or kettle honor box. This year’s donations were a little over $8000, this is compared to 2019 when donations reached a little over $30,000. Electronic donations using “QR” codes have yet to be totaled as of yet so the years donations will eventually go higher.
The Salvation Army also recently met to reorganize and have filled all of their offices. Peterson said the group looks forward to a new year for the Salvation Army, hopefully not as affected by Covid-19. Despite reduced donations, the Salvation Army is still there to help and can be accessed by calling the Evangelical Free Church at 681-3855. Donations can be made year-round also at the Evangelical Free Church at 211 Arnold Avenue North in Thief River Falls.