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Hamilton Salvation Army thankful for holiday donations

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Donations help The Salvation Army in Hamilton

Hamilton Service Center Director Fidelis Temukum praised the community for all the donations made during the kettle program. The funds will stay local. “We will be able to meet more needs of the people in the community,” he said.

The Salvation Army in Hamilton received the contributions they need to serve the community through their kettle program just before Christmas.

Hamilton Service Center Director Fidelis Temukum praised the community for all donations.

“We have a lot of generous people in this community,” he said. “A huge thanks goes to all those who donated from a penny to $20,000. We did get a check for $20,000 and we do appreciate everyone who dropped in something.”

With just a few kettle donation sites in operation for the holidays the program looked as if it would not be successful but with an extra push and a public plea for help in the newspaper, The Salvation Army Hamilton, ended up at 120% of their target goal.

People sent donations and dropped money and checks into the two consistent kettle locations at Super One Foods stores in Hamilton and Stevensville.

“Once in a while we also used Walgreen’s, Albertson’s and Hamilton Market Places for volunteer [kettle ringers] too,” Temukum said. “Usually kettles bring in $300-$400 each day but we were having $1,000 in each kettle, which is surprising to me.”

Of all the locations, the kettle at Super One Foods in Hamilton brought in the most donations.

“We are really thankful to all the shops,” Temukum said. “We are more than thankful to the community.”

Finding bell ringers for the kettle program was a challenge this year but Temukum said a few families consistently volunteered and Cornerstone Bible Church took one kettle every shift for everyday for an entire week.

“That was the only organization that signed up and they filled every time slot for a week,” he said. “The need was huge and the donations were huge, too. We will be able to meet more needs of the people in the community. Sometimes we are limited but now we can help people.”

He said a matching grant motivated people to start giving and that goal was reached after only three days. All the funds donated online or in kettles stay local.

For more information or to register for assistance with rent, utilities, food, or clothing call Temukum at 406-210-1453 or email Fidelis.Temukum@usw.salvationarmy.org. Due to COVID, they are scheduling one-on-one appointments rather than taking walk-ins.

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