Even during COVID, Lassen County continued to show its generous side as the Susanville Salvation Army exceeded both its Red Kettle fundraising goals this year.
According to local Red Kettle Coordinator Tina Hemphill, the local campaign brought in $29,915, $1,130 from the virtual online kettle and $7 from Kettle Pay, for a total of $31,051.99.
“That’s the most that has been raised in Lassen County,” Hemphill said.
The initial fundraising goal was $23,000, with it being raised to $30,500 just a few days before the end of the fund raising campaign.
“I’d like to thank everybody for the participation with the bell ringing and for all the people who generously donated. It’s greatly appreciated,” Hemphill added.
Money raised through the Red Kettle campaign stay local, according to Hemphill and goes to help assist those in need in Lassen County throughout the year.
Moreover, local groups like Rotary and local first responder agencies competed in competitions, battling to see which organization could raise the most in a single day.
The results from the various competitions are as follows:
Dec. 1 law enforcement competition
Susanville CHP — $939.23
Lassen County Sheriff’s Office — $459.58
CCC — $193.66
Dec. 8 first responder/ law enforcement competition
CCC — $591.50
Susanville Fire Department — $589.97
Susanville Police Department — $170.51
High Desert State Prison — $122.28
Dec. 15 Rotary competition
Sunrise Rotary — $962.77
Noon Rotary — $246.77