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Salvation Army reaches $24K Giving Tuesday goal

Posted at 7:30 PM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-01 19:30:50-05

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.