The Salvation Army celebrates its Annual Christmas Kettle Kick off within
the Central Okanagan on Friday, November 21st.
Kelowna, British Columbia | November 17, 2013 —this year the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle campaign will be “ringing in” with a fun filled celebration at the Kelowna Walmart store starting at 9am until 11am on Friday November 21st.
Local celebrity media personalities will be helping to fill the kettles as they join in to kick off The Salvation Army’s 2014 Kettle Campaign. This year they will be serving up hot chocolate, with a live musical performance by Chordial Invitation and a ton of Christmas spirit!
In 2013, The Salvation Army in the Central Okanagan distributed over 450 Christmas Hampers. This is in addition to the regular assistance given each and every day through their Community Life Center office. “Each year, the needs just seem to grow” says Pastor Darryl Burry, Executive Director for The Salvation Army in the Central Okanagan. “There are a lot of hurting people in our community – people who struggle financially to make it through the day – wondering if they will pay their rent/mortgage, or put food on the table for their family. These are very real concerns for many families right here in the Central Okanagan.”
The Salvation Army’s year-round assistance to families of emergency food, clothing, furniture and other provisions continues to rise. “The needs are great, and we do not see any sign of it slowing down in the near future” says Pastor Burry. “The funds that are raised during our Christmas Kettle Campaign allow us to continue to support our local community at Christmas and throughout the year.” All monies collected through the Christmas campaign stay local to support local programs.
The Salvation Army needs an army of volunteers to smile and ring the bells at a kettle for two-hour shifts from November 20th through December 24th at business locations throughout Kelowna and West Kelowna. This is a perfect volunteer opportunity for a busy person, as two-hour shifts are scheduled based on your availability. To sign up and for a full listing of kettle locations, please visit their website at kelownasalvationarmy.ca or by contacting their Kettle Scheduler, Beverly at 250 860-2329 ext. 335.
To learn more about how you can support the Christmas Kettle Campaign visit their website at kelownasalvationarmy.ca or by calling 250.860.2329.