The Salvation Army has officially kicked off its annual Kettle Campaign, and hopes to raise $110,000 this year across Parksville, Qualicum Beach and Nanoose Bay.
It’s a busy time of year for Angeline Street, the volunteer and kettle campaign co-ordinator for Mount Arrowsmith Community Ministries, who hopes to fill 301 more two-hour volunteer shifts.
“Last year our fundraising goal between the letter campaign and the Christmas kettles was $50,000 short,” she said. “So this year, it’s really, really, really important that we get that $110,000 we’re aiming for because we really need it.”
Money raised pays for the local soup kitchen, food bank, thrift stores, pro bono legal advice, the healthy babies program and more.
“The money goes to help pay for all those things,” said Street. “I think 91 cents out of every dollar gets used in our communities.”
There’s 11 kettle locations across the area, where volunteers will be collecting donations across 23 days starting Nov.15 and ending on Dec. 24. The campaign now has debit machines, which organizers hope will encourage more donations.
Interested volunteers can call the Parksville Salvation Army office at 250-248-8794.