Porter County: Goal is to
raise $200,000 during holiday season
Salvation Army kicks off
By Joyce Russell | Posted: Friday, November
13, 2009 12:05 am
VALPARAISO | Porter County Sheriff Dave Lain
wanted to be the first.
Thursday afternoon Lain dropped a bill
into the Salvation Army of Porter County's
Red Kettle during the group's annual
Christmas campaign kick-off celebration on
the north lawn of the Porter County
Lain wouldn't reveal the denomination of
the bill. It didn't matter.
"I want people to give as they can, when
they can, what they can," said Lain, who is
serving as this year's campaign chairman.
Lain told the group gathered that people
are going through difficult economic times,
"people who never dreamed they'd be in the
situation" But, he added a "bright
spotlight" of the season has always been the
This year the group hopes to raise
$130,000 through its kettle campaign, which
begins today at select locations in Porter
County and will expand locations after
Thanksgiving. They hope to raise another
$70,000 through a mail donation campaign,
said Major Jon Welch. Last year some
$119,000 was collected in the kettles.
Welch, however, said there is more of a
need this year. The Christmas campaign is
the group's major fundraiser of the year and
provides money to assist people with food,
utilities and housing throughout the year.
Welch said they are seeing an increase in
food and housing requests. The holiday
program is also telling. Last year, the Army
helped provide food and clothing for 530
families and clothing and toys for 1,151
children at Christmas. With the assistance
application deadline today, he anticipates
700 families needing assistance, including
In addition to launching the campaign,
Morgan Township High School junior Andrew
Sharp continued another tradition. For the
fifth year in a row, the young man donated a
prize-winning turkey for the group's annual
Thanksgiving day dinner.
This year's Porter County Fair champion
bronze turkey weighed in at 28.45 pounds.
"It is just a tradition now. I have two
more years of 4-H, so I will do it two more
years," he said, adding he hopes another
4-Her continues the tradition after him.