Nationwide Salvation Army red kettle donations during the Christmas season hit record numbers this year, totaling $147 million. That trend reached Sheridan this holiday season, according to Salvation Army Captain David Leonard.
He says they've experienced an increase in collections during the past two years.
Kettles took in $34,398.98, compared to $33,707.65 in 2010. The totals have been up in the two Christmases that Leonard has been with the Sheridan area Salvation Army they have increased their donations. He said on top of the kettle donations, they also collected more than $20,000 in gift-in-kind donations this year
Even though the increase was minimal Leonard says it's nice to see it at all, considering the economic times. Struggles have hit thrift stores in recent years, as a lack of financial contributions make it difficult to keep up with an increasing need for charity in communities across the nation. Leonard said this trend can be seen in Sheridan as well, and this holiday season was a good sign.