Volunteers step up to help reach ‘red kettle’ goal

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Officials from The Salvation Army of Colorado Springs say they have reached their 2007 Red Kettle campaign goal of $550,000 – and they say they have the community’s volunteer efforts to thank for it.

The Monument Hill Sertoma Club raised more than $36,000 in Monument, and Woodman Valley Church raised collected $20,000 through volunteering.

Volunteer Matt McKinley raised $1,700 by staffing a kettle for 34 hours in a row – a world red kettle staffing record, Salvation Army officials said.

While The Salvation Army has always relied on volunteers for the annual red kettle campaigns, officials say they will scale back the number of paid bell ringers next year in hope of attracting even more volunteer help in future years

The nearly $557,000 raised this season will pay for programs that include Christmas assistance for the needy and homeless care at the New Hope Center, the organizations homeless shelter.