Salvation Army kettle collections drop slightly in 2008 |

Salvation Army kettle collections drop slightly in 2008

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Salvation Army Kettle donations dropped slightly last year.

The total amount collected in 2008 was $68,694. In 2007, the Salvation Army collected $74,259 in an area from Aspen to Parachute. Additional funds were donated by mail.

That brought the figures to about $121,000 last year compared to $122,000 in 2007.

Kettle coordinator J. Steven Randol said the drop wasn’t due to tough economic times. He said the cause was that Salvation Army lost one extraordinary volunteer in Aspen.

Jim Markalunas was not able volunteer this year because he moved away from Aspen, Randol said.

“He had done such a superior job before,” Randol said. “You can’t replace somebody like that.”

Randol thought people might have donated more at other locations because they felt bad for unfortunate people trying to endure the downturn.

He said, “I don’t think (the recession) played into it at all. In fact the recession might have helped us more than anything.”

The group that was apparently best at ringing the bell was the Carbondale Rotary Club, which operated two kettles at the Carbondale City Market and brought in $17,838. The group to bring in the next greatest amount was the Roaring Fork Kiwanis and Hostettler Volunteers operating a kettle for hours at the Glenwood Springs City Market. The group collected $11,507.

Most other sites collected in the neighborhood of $2,000 to $4,000 or less.

The kettle drive began on Nov. 28 and ended Dec. 24. It included 14 kettle sites and 18 kettles.

Randol said the Salvation Army is always looking for more volunteers. Contact 945-6976 for more information.

Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121

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