Salvation Army program coordinator Michael Winter

Kettle drive kicks off

The Salvation Army will kick off its annual Christmas Kettle Campaign and Christmas Cheer Appeal mailer Friday, Nov. 29.

PORT HARDY—The Salvation Army will kick off its annual Christmas Kettle Campaign and Christmas Cheer Appeal mailer Friday, Nov. 29, at two locations in Port Hardy.

Christmas kettles will be placed at Overwaitea Foods and Port Hardy Shopping Centre (near the entrance to the liquor store) for the public to donate funds that will be used to help the Lighthouse Resource Centre provide food, clothing and services to clients in the coming year.

The kettle campaign will run through Dec. 23.

In addition, Christmas Cheer Appeal letters will be mailed in early December to residents in the Mount Waddington Region. The fund-raising goal from these events is $10,500.

“Money donated through the kettle campaign and generated through the annual mailer Christmas Cheer Appeal helps fund the Salvation Army’s programs throughout the year,” said Michael Winter, Community Ministries Supervisor. “Please help us make a difference. For those who are facing life’s challenges, we want them to know — they are not alone. With your help, we can make a difference.”

Winter added volunteers are still needed for the Christmas Kettle drive. If you can spare a few hours to help, call Winter at 250-230-8151.

In the past year the Salvation Army in Mount Waddington assisted 8,458 clients at the Lighthouse centre; served 14,848 hot meals — a 10 per cent increase over 2012; provided clothing assistance to 1,165 people; hosted 455 stays at its extreme weather shelter; and provided advocacy, emergency assistance and spiritual care to 3,655 more.