Portage la Prairie brought in an astounding $32,166 for the Salvation Army's Christmas Kettle Campaign, ensuring everyone had a better holiday season.

Major Brenda Hammond tells PortageOnline that she wasn't surprised to see the community step up in a record-breaking way for the Christmas Kettles.

"First of all, thank you to the people who stood on the kettle, drove the Christmas season, the organizations that came along and took a whole day to stand on the kettles, and thank you to the store locations that let us put the Christmas Kettles at their locations. Most of all, thank you, the people, for dropping money in the Christmas Kettles or tapping your debit card when you walked by."

file photoMajor Brenda Hammond

She notes that in addition to the kettles and all the other initiatives around the festive season, such as Blow Away Hunger and the Terriers Teddy Bear Toss, the Salvation Army was able to put together lovely hampers for families who needed them.

"I think Portage is just exceptional in the way that they support the families in need," Hammond smiled. "I'm always afraid to thank one organization or another for fear of forgetting because there are so many wonderful organizations that support us."

Hammond adds that she and the Salvation Army want to thank the community, as well as every family that received a hamper or child who got a stuffed toy.