It was the best year ever for the Kettle Campaign. The Kemptville Salvation Army raised $97,000 this year, crushing its $90,000 goal. 

The campaign launched on November 15 and wrapped up on Christmas Eve. 

Coordinator Lynn Dolliver says local businesses were big supporters. Kettles were set up at Jonsson’s Independent, Food Basics, B&H Grocer, Walmart, Canadian Tire, LCBO, and Foodland in Osgoode and Winchester. She noted debit machines bolstered funds this year. 

Dolliver explained the dollars will go towards life-changing programs, including the emergency clothing bank, emergency shelter services, income tax clinic, back-to-school program and client choice food pantry.

She says the Salvation Army is overwhelmed by the generosity of the community. 

Dolliver noted the Kettle Campaign wouldn’t be possible without the support of volunteers.