Thousands of families throughout the Rockford area received assistance this holiday season from the Salvation Army.
Rockford's Salvation Army helped more than 13,000 people, including 6,806 children, by providing food, toys or both.
From Oct. 31 through Dec. 31, more than 1,300 volunteers gave their time and energy in efforts to serve those less fortunate. These volunteers helped with programs including Koats 4 Kids, The Giving Three, Twelve Hours of Salvation, Food For the Needy, Prison Toy Wrap, Adopt-A-Family, Christmas registration and distribution, and the Red Kettle Campaign.
The Red Kettle Campaign raised more than $275,000, all of which is distributed within Winnebago County, according to the Salvation Army.
"I want to thank the Rockford region for their support through volunteer and financial giving. Your support is making a difference in lives," says Winnebago County Coordinator Major Steve Merritt.