Saint John Salvation Army attempts to make up for Christmas kettle shortfall – New Brunswick

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The Salvation Army in Saint John is hoping to make up a $45,000 shortfall in its annual Kettle Campaign on the final day of its fundraising effort.

“There’s definitely a need in this community,” said Maj. Orest Goyak of the Salvation Army in Saint John, who says failing to meet the fundraising goal creates the unfortunate possibility of cutbacks.

“Instead of running something four or five days a week, we might have to run it two or three days a week just because the funding’s not there,” Goyak said.

The local branch of the Salvation Army has the goal of raising $190,000 — the organization’s largest fundraising effort of the year.


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Locally, it helps operate the Christmas Hamper Program for about 400 families, as well as the daily Hope Cafe and other programs which take place year round.

Community support is vital to the organization,  although they are looking for people to commit their time as well.


Louise Delahaye, who has been a Kettle Campaign volunteer for a decade, says it was her first-hand observation of family poverty that moved her to act.

“I was in there one time having a coffee and this couple came in and the wheel fell off their carriage, they were that poor,” said Delahaye.

“I just felt, when I saw that, I thought I really really should do something”.

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Keith McLean and his 16-month-old daughter Ruby were among those to drop some spare cash in the famous kettle.

“We like to donate over Christmas,” said McLean.”It makes you feel good to donate. You’re helping other people out”.

He also hopes his example will trickle down to his daughter, even though she may be too young to remember this particular occasion.

“Hopefully they’ll do the same when they get older,” said McLean.

If you didn’t have the opportunity to make a donation into one of the kettles before the campaign came to an end, there are still plenty of ways to give.

“They can stop by the office here, they can go online or they can send it in the mail,” said Goyak. “Either way, the need is all the way through the year.”


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The Maritime Kettle Campaign goal is $1.8 million with the hope of raising $21 million nationally.

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Salvation Army sets $160K goal for Christmas kettle campaign in Guelph – Guelph

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The Salvation Army has set a goal of raising $160,000 for its annual Christmas kettle campaign in Guelph this year.

It’s the same target as last year’s campaign, but the organization fell short, raising about $135,000.


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“We’re confident we’ll make it this year,” said Beverleigh Broughton, the community and family services co-ordinator with the Salvation Army in Guelph.

The money collected goes toward filling hampers with food for local families in need and Broughton said the goal is based on how many hampers they expect to send out.

“Last year we did 1,045 food hampers and this year we’re doing 1,120,” she said. “That increase is based on the trend we’ve seen through the year and what we feel the need will likely be for this Christmas.”

She added that the number of hampers has been well over 1,000 for several years now.

“We’re seeing more and more people work really hard who just can’t quite make ends meet, especially at Christmas.”

The kettles, which will collect donations until Dec. 24, will be scattered around the city at Stone Road Mall, Walmart on Woodlawn Road and all Zehrs locations.


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In December, kettles will be set up at all LCBO locations and Costco.

There are also drop-off sites for toys at Stone Road Mall, Walmart, Guelph Toyota, any of the fire stations in Guelph, and the Salvation Army building on Gordon Street.

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Kettle campaign kicks off in the Central Okanagan – Okanagan

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The Salvation Army kicked off its Kettle Campaign on Thursday morning with music, hot chocolate, and Santa Claus.

The kick-off was held at the Salvation Army Community Life Centre in Kelowna.

It offers a supportive food bank, grief counselling, meal programs and other supports for people in need.


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Money raised during the Kettle Campaign supports Christmas hamper programs as well as programs all year round.

This year, the fundraising goal is $800 thousand dollars.

“By the end of the Christmas season of 2017 we had exceeded that goal, so we’re confident this year we will meet that target,” Darryl Burry, Executive Director of Central Okanagan Ministries said.

The demand for Salvation Army services is growing locally.  Last Christmas there was a 13 per cent increase in people needing hampers over the year before.

“So we’re in the midst now of our registration for our Christmas program and are seeing those numbers continue to climb, so unfortunately we are anticipating that we will have a very busy season,” Burry said.

The agency is asking for volunteers to help man the more than 20 kettles in the area.


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1500 volunteers are needed to ring bells for over 5000 hours over the next six weeks.

If you can help by volunteering as little as two hours of time, visit kelownasalvationarmy.ca, email kettles@kelsa.ca, or call 250-860-2329 ext. 324.

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