TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A Captain with the Salvation Army Tallahassee flipped the usual script for their famous Christmas Bells this year for Giving Tuesday, spending 24 hours stationed in a scissor lift.
Captain Stephan Wildish took his perch in a parking lot off Village Square and Thomasville Road Tuesday.
"I'm up on a scissor lift 40 feet in the air for 24 hours to raise $24,000 for the Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign," said Wildish.
He reached the $24,000 goal just after 6:00 p.m. Tuesday.
"The foot traffic is a lot less this year going into stores, which is absolutely understandable," Wildish said.
That's why the Salvation Army has contact-less ways for you to donate, like using QR codes for smartphones or donating on their website by clicking here.
"But our goal this year for kettles is $214,000 by December 24th," said Wildish.
That goal got a little closer with donations from people like Murray Winebrenner.
"There's too many people in need and not enough people to help," Winebrenner said.
The Red Kettle campaign raised over $190,000 for the Big Bend area last year.