LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Amid the limitations of the coronavirus pandemic, the Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg says 2020’s Red Kettle Campaign raised a total of $112,992.45, which is approximately $42,000 short of the total from the year before.
“We anticipated a shortfall in funds raised this year due to the effects of COVID-19,” said Maj. Caleb Prieto. “Yet, we are extremely thankful for the way in which our community stepped up to support those who are hurting a little extra after this past year.”
In addition, Lynchburg Salvation Army also continued its traditional Angel Tree program, providing Christmas presents to children in need throughout the Greater Lynchburg community.
Through the support of the community, the Salvation Army says the program generated enough toys, clothing, and gift cards — most of which were donated by the community — to serve 1,358 people.
“As we go into 2021 the need in our community continues to grow,” stated Prieto. “Our community has always rallied around those in need, and we trust that the Lord will continue to provide the necessary resources moving forward to serve those in need throughout 2021.”
For more than 115 years, the Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg has been part of the central Virginia community, serving Lynchburg, Amherst County, Appomattox County, Bedford County, Campbell County, and Nelson County.
If you would like more information about supporting or partnering with The Salvation Army, you are asked to call (434) 845-5939 or check out the organization’s website to make an online donation.