Union City’s Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign this year was met with overwhelming support from the community.
Elizabeth Malec, the Union City Red Kettle chairperson, is in her fifth year of organizing the campaign. Malec’s goal for the 2015 campaign was to raise around $5,000. The total earnings for Union City came in just shy of her goal, at $4,600. This year’s total was over $1,000 more than last year’s $3,300 total.
The campaign began on Black Friday, Nov. 27, and concluded on Christmas Eve. Many volunteers rang the bell for the Salvation Army at Tops Friendly Market on East High Street Mondays through Saturdays.
Proceeds from the campaign will be used to aid those in need within the Union City community.
Even without meeting the goal for 2015, Malec is still impressed with the turnout from local Union City residents.
“The number of volunteers seems to grow every year. In the beginning, when I started, I had to make a ton of phone calls looking for volunteers,” Malec said. “The outpouring of support is pretty impressive for such a small town.”