Salvation Army kicks off Christmas Kettle Campaign

Lawrence Kim
November 17, 2017

While bell ringers have already started ringing at various locations throughout the city for the holiday season ahead of the Red Kettle Kickoff, Salvation Army Envoy Lynnette Valentine is asking for volunteers to fill 2,865 hours at red kettles in front of retail locations in Fitchburg, Leominster and Lunenburg.

She said even high school students can participate and get credit for the hours they volunteer.

For Berryville Mayor Patricia Dickinson, the sight of a bell ringer makes her think of Christmas and helping her neighbors.

Shifts are based on the volunteer's availability and anyone wishing to volunteer can contact the Salvation Army at www.kelownasalvationarmy.ca, by email at kettles@kelsa.ca or by calling 250-660-2329, extension 324.

"Our annual Christmas Kettle Campaign is our major fundraiser for the year for the Salvation Army in Red Deer", Major Larry Bridger said.

"It is really important because it supports people in our community who really are struggling financially or with other issues in their lives", said Gail Kromm, Community Engagement Manager for the Salvation Army in Thunder Bay.

He said the goal of $800,000 is not only achievable, it is one that will continue to support the people who come to the Salvation Army for help.

The fundraiser will run until December 24. "And we, the church of God and the community of believers and all of humankind, we have to fight for good".

The Apple Blossom Mall has also set up a tree for the Salvation Army's annual Christmas Angel Tree program, which provides holiday gifts to local children.

These services are event more in need this year, with Bridger confirming the Salvation Army has seen a 15% increase in individuals and families using their services this year.

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