One local charity is celebrating more than the New Year.
The Salvation Army of Waco surpassed their goal of Christmas donations this holiday season.
Major Jim Taylor says they went over their holiday donation goal by $3,000, and this is only counting cash and check donations. Their original goal was $165,000, and this year the organization brought in over $168,000.
“That’s mostly because the last week or so before Christmas we had a lot of volunteer groups out and a lot of good sponsors and supporters that helped us out,” Taylor says.
This amount doesn’t even include their electronic donations.
This year, people could donate by scanning a barcode on the bucket of the kettle if they didn’t have cash. Taylor says he will be getting those numbers in soon.
“I know the people that used it said they thought it was a pretty neat idea and they liked it. So I imagine we will be doing that again in the future,” Taylor says.
Taylor hopes they can keep up this rate of donations this coming year.
“It all depends between now and next year about how successful we are at finding more volunteer groups, organizations, as well as kettle locations,” Taylor says.
Even though the holidays are over, Taylor wants to remind people that they serve the community year round and are always in need of volunteers.
“If organizations want to collect food periodically for the Salvation Army and bring it to us so that we can give it away through our food pantry, that’s a great way to volunteer all year round. Because people are hungry all year round,” Taylor says.
Taylor says they always welcome any donations and volunteers, and what they always are in need of are cash and food donations.