Kettle campaign needs a hand

The success of the kettles are critical to offering year-round services

The Campbell River Salvation Army announced that with two weeks left in their annual Christmas kettle fundraising campaign, the campaign is running behind and the success of the kettles are critical to offering year-round services.

“Compared to last year at this point we are running behind,” said Community Ministries Director Kevin Mack. “Our goal is set at $150,000 and we have raised just over $40,000, but with two weeks left in the campaign we are appealing to the generosity of the community and are still hopeful we will reach our goal.”

The funds raised through the Christmas kettle campaign not only help at Christmas, but help fund a number of The Salvation Army’s programs throughout the year such as their Emergency Disaster Services program, which was recently called into action on Nov. 27 when a mudslide closed a section highway 19 north of Campbell River stranding just over a hundred families who couldn’t get back home.

Throughout the year the Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Response team supports the local ESS team responding to an average of four to five significant emergencies such as evacuations, structure fires and floods offering support to those affected. The team also stands ready to help neighboring communities throughout the Island and beyond.

Kettles can be found adorning the entrances of 10 local business and donations are gladly accepted at the main office at: 291 McLean Street Monday-Friday between 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Donate on-line at: www.oceancrest.ca