Burns and McDonnell employees raise more than $80,000 for Salvation Army in just one hour

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Burns and McDonnell challenged employees on Thursday to raise thousands of dollars for the Salvation Army's Rock the Red Kettle Campaign.

The goal was to raise $60,000 in just one hour.

CEO Greg Graves and his wife, Deanna, who are honorary chairs of the Salvation Army's Christmas campaign, challenged Burns and McDonnell employees to make donations.

More than 2,600 people work at Burns and McDonnell. To reach the $60,000 goal, each person needed to donate about $23.

Around 12:30 p.m., $88,172.50 had been raised, which significantly surpassed the company's goal.

"It really is about transforming lives," Major Philip Maxwell said. "We have people experiencing incredible difficulty, and our ministry, our responsibility is to come alongside themĀ and to bring some quality, some dignity to their lives."

The Salvation Army uses the money raised to provide food, shelter, disaster assistance, apartments for the elderly.

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