Local Salvation Army kettle coordinator Rose Tustian (front, right) poses at a safe distance with Mayors Leo Facio and Sylvia Pranger during the Saturday kickoff of the local kettle campaign. Newly elected MLA Kelli Paddon also volunteered for a shift at the kettle, located at Red Apple in Agassiz. (Contributed Photo/Rose Tustian)

Local Salvation Army kettle coordinator Rose Tustian (front, right) poses at a safe distance with Mayors Leo Facio and Sylvia Pranger during the Saturday kickoff of the local kettle campaign. Newly elected MLA Kelli Paddon also volunteered for a shift at the kettle, located at Red Apple in Agassiz. (Contributed Photo/Rose Tustian)

Local Sally Ann takes in ‘record amount’ in 2020

Donors in Agassiz, Harrison gave nearly $4,000 to the cause

The generosity of Agassiz-Harrison residents put the local Salvation Army campaign over the top in 2020.

Local kettle campaign coordinator Rose Tustian reported this year’s donations yielded $3,847, far surpassing 2019’s total of $2,600.

The first weekend brought in $1,037, followed by an additional $1,400 the second week and the week after. Different local dignitaries offered their time to ring the bell at Red Apple in Agassiz, including mayors Sylvia Pranger and Leo Facio, former MLA Laurie Throness, MP Brad Vis and newly elected MLA Kelli Paddon.

RELATED: Local Salvation Army kickoff weekend earns more than $1,000 in donations

“I know it can be difficult to carve out time for public service during this busy holiday season combined with the pressures of a worldwide pandemic,” Tustian said to the bell volunteers in a Facebook post. “Still, we raised a record breaking amount this year!”

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“I am very grateful to the communities of Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs for the generous support for this deserving ‘boots on the ground’ organization, The Salvation Army,” Tustian continued.

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