Holiday donations to The Cedar Rapids Salvation Army (TSA) have set a new record for the social services nonprofit with more than $860,000 raised - shattering their goal of $811,000.
"Our prayers were answered," said TSA Captain Shawn DeBaar. "From all of us at TSA, we want to express our sincere gratitude to all those in our community who included our organization in their holiday giving plans. It's because of them we will be able to continue 'doing the most good' in 2023!" There were growing concerns in mid-December TSA would fall short in their fundraising goal as donations were down nearly 110% from what was needed. Among those in the Cedar Rapids area who helped TSA surpass their goal were Mike and Jo Cambridge, who together contributed $100,000. From providing free, daily hot meals, food assistance, utility assistance and childcare programs among myriad other services - thousands of Linn County residents rely on TSA to meet their daily needs. "These donations will be used to make our community a better place to live for the most vulnerable among us," said DeBaar. "With an uncertain economy and job market, we anticipate those seeking our help will only increase." DeBaar adds he has no doubt the donations raised will be used this year and that efforts are already underway to make sure the organization will be funded to continue their mission in 2024. Donations to TSA can be made online on their website at SACedarRapids.org or in person at their headquarters located at 1000 C Avenue NW. Cedar Rapids TSA is a 501(c3) nonprofit organization and is one of the state's most impactful social services organizations.