Cedar Rapids kettle donations came to about $590,000 through the weekend, according to Mindy Kayser, director of development and communications for the Salvation Army of Cedar Rapids.
“We’re hoping for a strong Christmas Eve finish here, which is typically our strongest day,” Kayser said this morning.
Kayser said proceeds are running about $165,000 behind the chapter’s $755,000 goal. Last year’s kettle drive raised $730,000, including $13,000 on Christmas Eve.
“We’re still down a little bit,” she said. “We lost a whole day last week because of the storm, and the next day nobody wanted to go out, either.”
The red kettles will be put away today for another year, but credit card and online donations through the end of the year will be credited to the kettle drive. Donation information is posted at the chapter’s web site, http://tsacedarrapids.org/.
Kayser said about 30 kettles are placed at area businesses. The drive accounts for “more than half our annual operating budget,” she said. “It kind of sets the pace for the whole year.”
In Dubuque, the Salvation Army reported $134,000 in collections toward its $185,000 goal. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls chapter has $609,000, about $100,000 short of its goal, including a dozen gold coins worth $1,712 apiece dropped in its kettles.