Campbell River Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign falls short

The funds were raised through the traditional Christmas Kettles and the Christmas Cheer Appeal

Donations for the local Salvation Army’s Annual Kettle Campaign were down this holiday season compared to 2013.

The Salvation Army was seeking support from the community asking the public for their support to reach $150,000 goal in Campbell River.

“With the help of the community we raised a total of $120,000 in donations with a goal to reach $150,000,” said Sean Junglas, Community Ministries Director.

The Salvation Army continues to see a greater need in the community with more individuals and families relying on programs, services and resources offered.

“We were unable to reach our current goal. We will need to develop future fundraisers to help make up the difference. Overall we are grateful to all those who donated their time and money. We are also very thankful for the business locations that helped us raise these much needed funds,” said Junglas.

The funds were raised through the traditional Christmas Kettles and the Christmas Cheer Appeal mailed to homes in the Campbell River Region. In 2013 the local Salvation Army raised a total of $124,000.

“We are down by $4,000 over last year, but we need the additional $30,000 to help us maintain and meet the increased service levels thought the rest of 2015. In 2014 the Lighthouse Centre served over 23,700 meals which is an increase of 3700 meals from 2013. We continue to see an increase need for meals and emergency assistance. These funds contribute to our annual Community Ministries budget so we have some time to think of new fundraising opportunities. We are always open to new ideas and if any members of community are interested please contact us,” said Junglas.

All of the funds raised stay in the community to which they are donated. The monies collected through the Annual Kettle and Letter Campaign are not only used at Christmas time, but throughout the year to support and provide resources for the overall operation for the year ahead.

For more information about the Salvation Army Ocean Crest Community Ministries, visit www.oceancrest.ca or contact Sean Junglas at 250-914-1698 or by email Sean_Junglas@can.salvationarmy.org.