The Salvation Army Lebanon Corps met its fundraising goal of $93,000 for the annual Red Kettle Campaign, concluding the drive just over the goal amount with $93,600 raised.

In December, LebTown reported that the campaign was running behind schedule. The call to arms, or in this case wallets, did not go unheeded.

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“We put out a call to the community when we were lagging behind during the holiday season and our loving community heeded our call for help,” said Lt. Marlon Rodrigues in a press release.

“We also were in the middle of a month that saw extraordinary circumstances,” he added, referencing the displacement of local residents due to a water main break. (The Salvation Army helped house the displaced residents and ensured they had three meals a day.)

“This is just one demonstration of how the funds keep LOVE GOING BEYOND CHRISTMAS and how blessed we are to live in a community that opens their hearts and wallets to people in need,” said Lt. Ivonne Rodriguez in the release.

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In this year’s Battle of the Bells, the following organizations came out on top in their respective categories:

  • Community Organization/Group Bell Ringing Team Trophy: Zentz Family
  • Financial Institution Bell Ringing Trophy: Jonestown Bank and Trust
  • Religious Organization Bell Ringing Trophy: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Lebanon
  • Youth Organization Bell Ringing Trophy: Northern Lebanon Cross Country Team
  • Lebanon Valley College Team Bell Ringing Trophy: LVC Men’s Lacrosse Team
Vidalina Via and her mother bell ringing for Jonestown Bank and Trust at the Lebanon Farmer’s Market. (Provided photo)

Organizers also thanks the many other individuals, organizations, and groups who made the fundraising campaign successful. Other groups mentioned include:

Other groups thanked for their participation include: Church of the Good Shepherd, Frieden’s Lutheran Church, Fulton Bank, Hershey-Palmyra Sertoma, Jonestown Lions Club, Kiwanis Club of Lebanon, Kiwanis Club of Palmyra, Lebanon County Commission for Women, Lebanon County Realtor Association, Lebanon Evangelical Free Church, Lebanon Family Health Services, Lebanon Federal Credit Union, Lebanon Rotary Club, Lebanon Salvation Army Advisory Board, Lebanon Valley College, Lebanon Valley Motorcycle Club, Make It Rein (Deer), Mary Gate of Heaven, Mt. Aetna Bible Church, Northern Lebanon Rotary, Northwest Bank, Palmyra 1st United Methodist Church, Steckbeck Engineering and Surveying Inc., St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Team Chaundy, Trinity United Methodist Church, and Unity of Palmyra.

“All of our fine businesses, volunteers and our community willing to open their hearts and give, will help us Do More Good in 2023,” said Marlon Rodriguez in the release.

For more information about the Lebanon Corps Salvation Army, visit their website at

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