Salvation Army preps for kettle campaign

It's getting to be the Christmas season again and the Salvation Army is preparing the kettles for the seasonal campaign.

Watch for the volunteers manning the Salvation Army kettles in the upcoming campaign.

Watch for the volunteers manning the Salvation Army kettles in the upcoming campaign.

It’s getting to be the Christmas season again and the Salvation Army is preparing the kettles for the seasonal campaign.

Captain Kirk Green of the Cranbrook Salvation Army said the East Kootenay kettles will be going out on Nov. 30 and stay out until Dec. 24.

“We’re hoping that our kettle campaign will raise $50,000,” said Kirk. “That money goes to provide the Christmas hampers.”

Kirk said they expect to put together between 300 and 350 Christmas hampers. “Any leftover funds from that, the mail-out campaign or that kind of thing gets used to support all of the programs that we run for the remainder of the year,” he said.

The kettles are just one of the campaigns. He said together with the other programs in the region, they expect to raise $160,000 through the Christmas campaign to fund programs for the next year.

Fernie and Nelson are both covered by their own Salvation Army branches, but the remainder of the East Kootenay is covered by the Cranbrook branch.

“Anyone needing that type of service – needing a Christmas hamper or assistance along those lines, give us a phone call and we’ll book them an appointment,” he said.

If you wish to volunteer to work a kettle or help out in some other way, you can contact the Salvation Army at 250-426-3612.

“We will not turn anybody down,” Kirk said. “We’ve always gotten by, but we can always use more.”

He said it helps to have more volunteers in case somebody is ill, then there isn’t a scramble to  book somebody for a two-hour shift at the last moment.

“We would not turn down a healthy volunteer,” he said.

The Salvation Army is located at 533 Slater Road NW. For more info on the Salvation Army, go to www.salvationarmy.ca.