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First responders raise $25k+ for Salvation Army

More than $25,000 was raised over the weekend to assist the Salvation Army of Livingston County’s Red Kettle campaign.

Saturday was Livingston County First Responders Day as departments from across the county competed to raise the most money and win the Lt. Steve Moor Memorial Challenge trophy in honor of the Howell Firefighter who passed away in October after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Nikki and Steve Moor

“He was a big supporter of our mission and the bell ringing, so this was just a way to honor him,” said his wife Nikki Moor, who serves as the local Salvation Army’s Development Director.

Moor says a total of $25,359.83 was raised by ten groups who rang the bells on Saturday.

The winner was the Brighton Area Fire Authority, which raised a total of 8,896.60.

The remaining fundraising broke down as such;

  • Howell Fire: $3,948.24
  • Hamburg Fire: $2,289.96
  • Livingston County Sheriff: $2,139.51
  • Putnam Fire: $1,733.23
  • Hartland: $1,617.01
  • Green Oak: $1,572.01
  • Fowlerville Fire: $1,199.53
  • Nozzlemen M/C Chapter 2: $1,173.09
  • Livingston County EMS: $800.6


Moor says before Saturday’s challenge, they had raised approximately $101,000 toward their goal of $195,000, meaning they still need to raise about $70,000 during the final week of bell ringing.

Bell ringers will be out each day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Christmas Eve from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“This money goes into our general operating fund, and it is used for Livingston County,” said Moor. “About 82% of all monies that we bring in goes back into the community. This year, with severe Weather Network closing down, we will see an increase in the need for shelter funds, so the kettles help in all of those aspects.”

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