By STEVE EIGHINGER
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
The Salvation Army's Christmas Campaign reached the finish line sooner than expected.
The annual fundraiser normally runs through the end of January, but the checkered flag was waved Tuesday morning when Maj. Dan Jennings and campaign chairman Lee Lindsay Curtis announced the goal had been reached. This season's goal had been $375,000, and Jennings said $375,115 had been raised.
"This is the key fundraiser of the year for all of the (local) Salvation Army programs and services," Jennings said. "The money raised during the campaign helps provide Christmas assistance, as well as funding the services that help families and individuals in the greater Adams County area on a daily basis. Over the past few years, the number of people receiving assistance from the Salvation Army has steadily increased due to the economy."
Jennings' announcement was one of his final duties for the Quincy Salvation Army. He and his wife, Maj. Dorene Jennings, will be taking over the Wisconsin and upper Michigan areas as divisional commanders, beginning in February. They are leaving Quincy on Jan. 28.
Curtis praised the leadership of the local Salvation Army and its advisory board for both the work they do on a daily basis and for another successful campaign.
"We know that God answers prayers," Curtis said.
Jo Kirlin, president of the board, lauded local residents.
"Somehow, our community always rises to the occasion -- and we are so grateful," she said.
Patty Douglas the director of development for the Quincy Salvation Army, reported:
º 770 families from the Quincy area and 269 families from the Hannibal area received Christmas food baskets.
º 1,124 children received toys and gifts from Toy Town in Quincy and 407 from Toy Town in Hannibal.
º More than 900 meals were served on both Thanksgiving and Christmas days.
º 2,497 volunteers donated 5,379 hours of service during the holiday period.
Douglas also reported the Hannibal Salvation Army also reached its campaign goal, raising $86,657. Its goal had been $75,000. The Quincy Salvation Army also oversees operations of the Hannibal Salvation Army.