Mayo Clinic matched virtual red kettle donations in Rochester Dec. 19–20 to help the Rochester Salvation Army reach its campaign goal. The event raised more than $160,000 in virtual donations, and Mayo Clinic’s unlimited match raised the total from the weekend to nearly $322,000 for neighbors in need.
The Salvation Army has remained open in Rochester throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to meet the increased needs in the community for food, housing, rent and utility assistance, and it has been a place for the homeless to gain access to basic needs in a socially distanced manner.
“There is tremendous need this year for the services provided by The Salvation Army,” says Mayo Clinic President and CEO Gianrico Farrugia, M.D. “We are so thankful to see this kind of generosity from the community.”
This is the second consecutive year that Mayo Clinic has offered an unlimited red kettle match. Last year, Mayo Clinic matched nearly $171,000 in donations. For the past several years, Mayo Clinic also has given a Seasons of Giving grant to The Salvation Army in Rochester to support those most in need during the holidays.
“We are so grateful to Mayo Clinic for their continued support and for this exceptionally generous gift,” says Major Robert Mueller, corps officer of The Salvation Army, “The Salvation Army’s programs in this community are life changing to those individuals and families utilizing our services. By matching the dollars in their virtual kettle, Mayo Clinic is helping bring hope and healing to thousands of our neighbors in need.”