Drops in Salvation Army buckets add up

HANCOCK COUNTY — Despite a short timeline and temperatures that kept many hands in pockets as shoppers exited stores during the holiday season, the local Salvation Army Red Kettle bell ringers still managed to ring up solid numbers.

The Hancock County kettle drive brought in $46,501, just $300 shy of the previous year’s effort, and officials were pleased given some of the constraints they dealt with.

“Hancock County is one of the most active councils in the state,” said Billie Kay, Salvation Army service extension director. “And given the weather and the fact that the campaign was six days shorter, they did an exceptionally good job.”

The local extension was the third-highest fundraising organization among the army’s 52 districts statewide, Kay said.

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