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Christmas Kettles

Posted on Nov 01 , 2018 in Family Services

Christmas Kettles

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Will you stand at a Kettle and make a difference this Christmas?

What is the Christmas Kettle Campaign?
The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign is a fundraising effort that occurs each year during the Christmas season. Kettles are found in 2000 locations across Canada and are an opportunity for the public to donate whatever funds they can to support the work of The Salvation Army during the Christmas season and throughout the year.

What is the history of Salvation Army Kettles?
In 1891, Captain Joseph McFee wanted  to help the vulnerable in San Francisco, especially during the Christmas season, but he didn’t know where to get funding to do so. He remembered, during his earlier days in Liverpool, England, seeing a large kettle where passengers of boats that docked nearby were able to toss coins to help the poor. Captain McFee placed a similar pot at the Oakland Ferry Landing, and encouraged the public to “Keep the Pot Boiling.” He collected enough to host a Christmas dinner for the poor. The first time a kettle was used in Canada was in St. John’s Newfoundland in 1906.

What happens to the money raised?
Funds raised through donations made at Christmas kettles, together with other sources of funds, help provide direct, compassionate, hands-on service to 1.9 million people each year in Canada, restoring hope and dignity to those who might otherwise remain invisible in society. This means providing food for families year-round who can’t afford it, assistance with hydro, rent and other basic human needs. At Christmas time, we provide hampers of food for the needy to have a Christmas meal, and toys for children.

What is involved when volunteering at a Kettle?
All you need to do is stand by the kettle with a smile on your face! Chairs are available if you need to sit. One shift is only two hours.

Schedule your shift by calling:
Chatham/Ridgetown/Blenheim – 519-350-4599
Wallaceburg – 519-627-8257

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