(Left to right): Manager of Quality Foods Mike Trask, Christmas Kettle Coordinator Tami Ness, Alternate Storm Captain Gage Colpron, Storm Captain Jordan Rauser, Salvation Army Captain Gordon Taylor, and Storm Alternate Captains Michael Olson and Josiah Friesen.

(Left to right): Manager of Quality Foods Mike Trask, Christmas Kettle Coordinator Tami Ness, Alternate Storm Captain Gage Colpron, Storm Captain Jordan Rauser, Salvation Army Captain Gordon Taylor, and Storm Alternate Captains Michael Olson and Josiah Friesen.

The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle “Face-off”

Annual fundraising campaign to launch at end of November

The local Salvation Army’s 25th annual red Christmas Kettle Campaign will be kicked off with the sound of a buzzer this holiday season.

The Salvation Army has been invited on behalf of the Campbell River Storm to do the Official Christmas Kettle Kick-off or “Face-Off” at the Nov. 30 home game as the Storm face their arch-rivals, the Comox Valley Glacier Kings.

“The Campbell River Storm is proud to partner with the Salvation Army to help raise awareness to the needs of those who are less fortunate in our community,” according to Storm Governor Wes Roed.

“The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign is a fundraising effort that occurs each year during the Christmas season,” according to Captain Gordon Taylor of the Salvation Army. “Red Kettles are found in 10 locations across our community and is an opportunity for people to donate whatever funds they can to support the work of The Salvation Army during the Christmas season and throughout the year.”

“For too many in our community, the necessities of life needed for basic human dignity are out of reach. Poverty is the root cause that puts dignity out of reach for hundreds in our community, making access to everyday needs, like food,

clothing and shelter, difficult. Funds raised through donations made at  Christmas Kettles support our work at the Lighthouse Centre downtown, providing direct, compassionate, hands-on service to people in need each year, restoring hope and dignity to those who might otherwise remain invisible in society,” according to Sean Junglas, Salvation Army Community Ministries Director.

“This level of outreach is only possible because of the generous support from our community and dollars raised through the Christmas Kettle Campaign. The Salvation Army is extremely grateful for the generosity our community and volunteers,” said Junglas. The goal of this year’s National Christmas Campaign is to promote the fact that “It’s time to end poverty in Canada” campaign.

They are seeking volunteers to help host Christmas Kettle. Shifts run two hours each, Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. around the community in 10 locations.

If you are able to volunteer, please contact Tami Ness, Kettle Coordinator, at 250-287-1440.

The goal for this year’s Red Kettle Campaign and Christmas Letter Appeal is $150,000.

The Red Christmas Kettle Campaign Runs from Nov. 27 to Dec. 24.

Campbell River Mirror