The Danville Salvation Army reached its goal for the 2008 Christmas kettle campaign.
The goal was $85,000, and the total collected from the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve was $85,022.28, Lt. Dan Nelson, co-commander of the local army, said today.
"We are so thankful for the support of our community," Nelson said.
With less than a week left of bellringing at its kettles, the army had collected a little more than $40,000, he said. That means $45,000 was collected in a period of only six and a half days.
Nelson said the army "knew this would be a challenging year" to raise funds because of economic conditions.
"But we never doubted the generosity of our community, nor did we doubt God's provision," he said.
In addition to the economy being a challenge, the army's annual fundraising campaign had to deal with a shortened period for the 2008 kettle campaign, Nelson said.