The results are in for the local and national Salvation Army Kettle Campaign.

The Salvation Army-Parry Sound Rainbow Country Church raised $41,188 and their goal was $36,000. That is an improvement from last years total of $32,857. That’s an increase of approximately $8,300 in donations from last year.

“We are actually above our goals this year and we are so grateful for the generosity and support of our local community here in Parry Sound. We’re just so grateful and blessed that we are above what we have said is our goal for the kettle campaign this year,” said Lt. Scott Allen.

The National Salvation Army says they raised $22.8 million nationally and thrift stores across Canada raised over $306,000 which translates to just over $23million. $21 million was the national goal.

“We’re never sure how the campaign will go in a cashless society but we were surprised by the support and generosity that helpped us surpass our goal,” said John McAlister, National Director of Communications with the National Salvation Army.

“We’re really heart warmed and pleased by the outpouring and compassion by donors throughout the country,” he added

The Salvation Army uses the money raised from the Kettle Campaign to feed, clothe and shelter people and families in need all year long.

The campaign ended on Christmas Eve.