(WICHITA, Kan.) — The Salvation Army 2011 Mission of Hope announces that local income donations totaled $1,609,919.
When the final fundraising numbers were recently tallied, the Army discovered a significant increase in donations from 2010.
Wichita Commander Major Douglas Rowland says, "wW are grateful for the ongoing generosity of the Wichita community.We were blessed to experience a five percent increase from last year here in Wichita. While on the national level, our organization set a fundraising record. With so many families and individuals struggling, these donations help us assist several thousand in need in our community."
2011 Mission of Hope Snapshot
" Children Who Received Gifts - 10,675
" Families Served - 4,059
" Individuals Served- 18,233
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865
Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children.
About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide.