Albany’s Red Kettle Campaign Reaches Its Goal
(Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
ALBANY – We recently shared the story of Spencer Linn as part of our All-Star Student series. He started the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign at the Teals store in Albany last year, where they raised over $3,000. He was later awarded the Salvation Army Youth Volunteer of the Year award for his efforts.
This year the bar was raised. Spencer and his volunteers had a goal of $6,000.
When we aired Spencer’s story back in December they were about half way towards the $6,000 mark. After counting the money raised in the Red Kettle, and donations by area businesses, the final total was in:
Spencer says there was around 80 volunteers, and over 1,000 volunteer hours this year. He wanted to thank his co-chairs Kylie Bartz, and Bethany Christensen for all their help, and hard work.
Spencer has been the Salvation Army Chair for Albany, Avon, and Melrose for the last two years. As he moves on with his life, he is passing the torch to Bethany Christensen, who will head up the Red Kettle Campaign in Albany next year.
Spencer had this to say after a successful two years.
Words an not even begin to describe a Thank You to our wonderful volunteers, communities, and businesses. I’d also like to extend a huge thank you to Teal’s Market for welcoming us into their new store, and for their outstanding employees for guiding our volunteers to the right areas, and helping them switch shifts making everything run smooth. I hope the Albany Red Kettle Campaign will continue to be a success, and would like to extend my best wishes to Bethany Christensen. As I move on with this journey of life I hope to continue to do my best to do the most good. Thanks again Albany for the past two years. This experience has truly shaped the person I am today.