$40,000 check to The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign
SATURDAY, January 17th The Monument Hill Kiwanis Club’s support of The 2014 Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign raised over $40,000 for the El Paso County Salvation Army. Generous donations by the local community, combined with the hundreds of hours of Club member volunteer time ringing the bell between Thanksgiving and Christmas, with the support on Sundays by the local high school Kiwanis Key Clubs, resulted in $40,790.00 being raised to help support the programs of the local Salvation Army. A check in that amount will be presented to The Salvation Army at the Club’s meeting on Saturday, January 17th, 8:00 am at the Inn at Palmer Divide.
Efforts from volunteers and organizations like the Monument Hill Kiwanis helped The Salvation Army surpass their fundraising goal for the red kettle campaign this year. The successful campaign will help ensure the organization is positioned to meet the growing need for food, shelter and assistance in the area without having to eliminate or cut programs. As a matter of fact, the increased demand for sheltering the homeless led The Salvation Army to increase their number of shelter beds to 300 by opening a Winter Warming Shelter on South Weber Street in November. The Salvation Army also operates a full service church, the RJ Montgomery Center shelter, 33 Transitional Housing apartments; a structured and licensed After School Program for up to 44 children; offers food, utilities and other emergency services through their Family Services program, and feeds up to 400 meals daily at their Senior Center and two shelters.
The Monument Hill Kiwanis Club is a service organization of about 150 men and women that sponsors community events and provides support to groups in need throughout the Tri-Lakes and greater Pikes Peak region. In addition to its on-going partnership with the Salvation Army, the Club sponsors several other charitable events, service projects and local assistance grants for local charitable organizations, with emphasis on helping children in the community. For more information on the Monument Hill Kiwanis Club, please visit their website at monumenthillkiwanis.org.