The Salvation Army's kettle campaign is about $1,000 closer to goal, thanks to a two-hour bell-ringing shift from local authorities Saturday.
Lyon County deputies, Emporia Police and Emporia firefighters participated in Badges United. Salvation Army Lt. Lynn Lopez thanked the agencies for their work.
Emporia firefighters had the most at their kettle with $350 donated. Assistant Chief Brandon Beck says the drive was put together quickly -- and, obviously, successfully.
Deputies were second at $225.05, but Sheriff Jeff Cope wasn't thinking about the agency-by-agency dollar count.
Police officers raised $151.33. Police Chief Scott Cronk made the calls to the other two agencies, and he says both responded quickly.
The subtotal at Price Chopper and Walmart was just over $725, but all three departments decided to cover wages for three kettles' worth of ringers, boosting the total to $945.
Lopez has recently said the kettle campaign was at $16,000, adjusting that down to $15,000 during the event Saturday. Goal is $42,000 by Christmas Eve.
This is the second significant donation event involving all three agencies over the past few weeks. The roughly month-long Battle of the Badges toy drive helping TFI foster children ended Dec. 7.