The Salvation Army has raised a record amount in Pekin.
A $10,000 matching grant gift during the final week of the campaign helped push Pekin’s 2016 Christmas campaign over $192,000 toward a goal of $200,000.
“Major Rick Ray talked with the donor who offered to help with a $10,000 donation for a Pekin match and received the donation Tuesday,” said Tri-County Development Director Rich Draeger.
“The Pekin Community really stepped up to answer the call and the results of this campaign are very confirming of the work being done in Pekin,” said Major Jesse Collins, Tri-County Coordinator for the Salvation Army.
Draeger said this year’s campaign giving was the best ever for Pekin.
Total giving to Pekin’s Salvation Army Christmas campaign was 18-percent higher in 2016 than in 2015.
“Despite challenges with the area employment and a continued tough economic outlook, the local folks have joined us in the work to help those we serve find hope,” Collins said.