HELPING THE COMMUNITY – The Shiawassee County Salvation Army had a very successful 2015 Kettle Drive, as the organization surpassed its fundraising goal of $60,000 by collecting $62,498.29 during the November and December collection period.

Shiawassee County Lieutenant Jonathon Tamayo, who is shown here with program coordinator Torrie Frantz and caseworker Aimee DeLong, thanked Shiawassee County citizens and businesses for helping the organization reach its goal.

“We are so grateful that the community stepped up yet again to help us reach our goal,” Tamayo said Wednesday, Jan. 27. “We will be able to fully fund all of our county operations for 2016 without having to cut any programs.”

Tamayo also wanted to thank the businesses that allowed the Salvation Army to collect donations at their businesses, which included VG’s Grocery, Kroger, Walmart, JCPenney, the Owosso post office, 5/3 Bank of Owosso and Carl’s Market in Perry. He also thanked Chemical Bank for counting the donations, which he called a “huge help.”

The Salvation Army also collected 495 coats over the holiday season, and Tamayo would like to thank Baker College, Save-A-Lot and the Shiawassee YMCA for collecting the coats and Ruthy’s Cleaners for cleaning the coats for distribution.

Additionally, Tamayo is organizing a “Behind the Red Shield” dinner for May to recognize local supporters and to better inform community members of the services the Salvation Army provides. (Independent Photo/GRAHAM STURGEON)

Salvation Army had Successful 2015 Kettle Drive was last modified: February 1st, 2016 by Karen Elford