The competition was open from Nov. 2 through Dec. 22. The time frame contributed to the increase in donations this year.
There were three “arenas to battle in,” Ray said.
Kyler and Karlee Chapman won the children 17 and younger arena by raising $1,250. The siblings made online videos to bring awareness to the competition. The runner up in that arena was Everett Irwin, who raised $1,180.
Paul Buckles, a Springfield Salvation Army advisory board member, won the adult category by raising $4,293.
The New Carlisle Rotary won the business category by raising $6,915.
Ray said there were two schools that competed in the competition. The Northwestern FFA won the school category by raising $1,077 and will receive the traveling Star Wars themed trophy.
Over 100 online kettles were created, Ray said.
The money raised from Kettle Wars will go to several of the Springfield Salvation Army’s programs including at-risk youth and utility, rent, mortgage and food assistance.
The competition created community engagement to “rally the community together and take care of those who have fallen through the cracks,” Ray said.
“I’m just overwhelmed at what we did together. Thank you for believing in us, the mission and the cause. This community is very unique. It is full of love and compassion and people will go to great lengths to care for one another,” Ray said.
This was the second year for the Kettle Wars competition.