LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Salvation Army of La Crosse has exceeded its $650,000 goal for its Red Kettle Campaign.
On Monday, the Ho-Chunk Nation gave the Salvation Army a check for $20,000 bringing their current total to more than $675,000.
Major Paul Moore said the campaign makes up about a quarter of the Salvation Army's operating budget.
“Without the funds we can’t operate, without operating we can’t run a shelter, without a shelter there are people that would end up on the streets,” said Moore.
He said the money goes towards everything from the shelter to feeding and disaster programs.
Over the past year, the Salvation Army had to cut two positions, which led to some trouble.
“Over the weekend where one of our staff members got assaulted, and it was because we didn’t have everything in place. An eliminated position is actually part of the reason why that happened,” said Moore.
Now the Salvation Army will be able to bring at least one position back, and Ho-Chunk Nation representative Henning Garvin said they're glad to extend a hand.
“The Salvation Army serves an important role here in the La Crosse area and for the community, a lot of people need assistance for a multitude of different reasons, including our own tribal members,” said Garvin.
You can donate to the Red Kettle campaign until January 31st.
If you’d like to donate contact the Salvation Army at 608-782-6126.