The Mount Arrowsmith Salvation Army had close to 180 volunteers that helped with the Kettle Campaign during the Christmas season. (Submitted photo)

The Mount Arrowsmith Salvation Army had close to 180 volunteers that helped with the Kettle Campaign during the Christmas season. (Submitted photo)

Mount Arrowsmith Salvation Army kettle campaign exceeds goal, raises $123,755

Ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and unpredictable weather conditions created challenges

The Mount Arrowsmith Salvation Army’s annual Christmas kettle campaign was a success.

Business manager Bonnie Brown reported they exceeded this year’s target of $120,000, raising a total of $123,755 despite the challenges created by the ongoing COVID-19 and unpredictable weather conditions.

Brown said the funds raised continue to give hope in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area as they will be used for the many programs and services the Salvation Army provides such as the food bank, soup kitchen, church ministries, thrift stores and other initiatives that they run through community family services.

“Over a five-week period, we had 172 volunteers work more than 3,000 hours filling 519 kettles and 81 kettle captain shifts at 11 locations throughout Parksville, Qualicum Beach and Nanoose Bay over 23 days,” said Brown. “Plus, we trialled nine self-tip tap stands, which had limited success.”

“Funds raised during the food drive and Christmas season help us provide 6,000 hampers and serve 20,000 meals each year,” continued Brown. “Thanks to these recent fundraising efforts and food grants, our food bank is in a good place.”

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However, there are still challenges. Due to transport and supply issues, they are facing difficulties acquiring canned and dry goods, meat, dairy and produce in a timely fashion.

Brown also indicated that the Salvation Army’s Christmas Letter Appeal fell short of its $200,000 target by $35,000.

If anyone wishes to provide donations to the letter appeal initiative, they can still do so by going online at www.parksvillesalvationarmy.ca/donate.

“We will continue to fundraise throughout the year to ensure that that our shelves are never empty,” said Brown, who offered thanks to staff and volunteers, and for the community’s generosity.

“We are truly blessed to receive such support,” said Brown.

michael.briones@pqbnews.com

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