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Ottumwa Salvation Army exceeds goal, raises $32k

Ottumwa Salvation Army exceeds goal, raises $32k

Ottumwa’s red kettles were overflowing this holiday season.

Salvation Army donations amounted to $32,000, which more than exceeds its goal.

It was the program’s first year back since leaving town two years ago.

So they started with a modest goal of $25,000.

Less than a month in, they had already brought in $20,000.

“The Ottumwa community is telling us that they’re happy that we’re here and that the Salvation Army is needed in this community to help the ones in need,” said Service Extension Manager Bethany Woodard.

The total doesn’t include the $2,000 worth of donations received by mail.

90 percent of donations will stay in Ottumwa.

Right now, Woodard said they’re improving the ministry center and providing financial assistance to those in need.

The program is also expanding its store hours.

Starting Jan. 11, the store will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 until 4 and on Saturday from 10 until 2.

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