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The Comox Valley Salvation Army may have been behind on its fundraising goal the week before Christmas, but the Valley stepped up donations last week.
"Our goal for this Christmas season was to raise a total of $250,000," Lead Pastor Darryl Burry said Friday, adding the local Salvation Army had hoped to raise $110,000 through its annual Christmas Kettle campaign and $140,000 through its mailer campaign. "As of today, we have raised $270,000 in total, so we're $20,000 above our goal.
That's "absolutely amazing, seeing as the week before Christmas we were about $20,000 behind what we would normally be at that point of the year.
The Comox Valley, once again, has stepped up to the plate and we have exceeded our goal."
Burry added "every penny" will stay in the Valley to help the Salvation Army provide programs and services like its emergency food bank, clothing and furniture vouchers, support for people going to rehabilitation or detox and its parenting program.
"All of our community ministries are supported throughout the year from these funds," noted Burry, adding he would like to extend "an absolutely huge thank you to everybody who helped make this possible this year because it wouldn't be possible without the generosity of the Valley."