Tuscarawas County, Ohio (WJER) - Some local charities are thanking the community for another successful year of giving.
The numbers are in from the local Share-A-Christmas program, and organizer Louise Worsham says the $95,000 in donations went a long way.
"If everyone would use their clothing voucher this year, it would cost us $75,000 just for that, and then, of course, on top of that there were a few toys that we bought and some food," she says. "It all adds up but it all goes to such a good cause."
Worsham says they'll start planning for their 2019 Share-A-Christmas campaign after the first of the year.
"I will meet with this year's co-chairs sometime in January and we will talk about anything that needs to be changed for next year; and very shortly, probably by mid-April, we will have co-chairs chosen for next year, and we'll be off and running," she says.
Meanwhile, the Dover-New Philadelphia Salvation Army once again exceeded their yearly goal during the Red Kettle Campaign.
Lt. Andrew Allen says they smashed their $125,000 objective, bringing in a grand total of $139,000.
"That will allow us to provide the programs and services that we provide, so a great deal of emergency assistance, youth programming, our emergency food pantry, our soup kitchen that operates Monday through Friday," he says.
Allen says a major factor in this year’s collections was the $20 challenge they held last week.
"We collected over $11,000 in matchable funds. The match was up to $10,000, so we got to that $10,000 threshold," he says. "That was just a huge, huge success."
Allen says they were also supported by the Dover-Phila Federal Credit Union, who donated $14,000 to the campaign.