Dec 20 – VAN – The Salvation Army in North Vancouver and Surrey has each reported struggling donations in their annual Christmas Kettle Campaigns, and are both at risk of not reaching their goals.
The North Vancouver Salvation Army is aiming to raise $300,000. Since the campaign started at the beginning of December, they have only raised $110,000. Surrey Salvation Army is aiming to raise $200,000. They have raised just $99,000.
The Christmas Kettle Campaign is an important fundraiser each Christmas, as donations fund Salvation Army social service operations all year round. Christmas Kettle donations are crucial to the continued support of The Salvation Army to people in need in these communities.
The 2008 Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign will end on December 24th, 2008.
How you can help:
· The best way to support The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaigns in North Vancouver, Surrey, and throughout the rest of BC, is to remember to give whenever you see a Christmas Kettle.
· Christmas Kettle volunteers are also needed, especially in Surrey. If you can spare a couple of hours in the coming week, contact Ian at 604-507-4840 (Surrey Salvation Army).
In total, The Salvation Army North Vancouver provides direct services to over 3000 people annually through the following services:
· Food bank operation five days a week year round
· Frozen meal program providing for seniors and the impoverished
· Homeless and outreach work covering the entire North Shore
· Crisis intervention programs and services
· Disaster relief services
· Music programs for at-risk youth
· Chef training program for at-risk youth which provides entry level job skills
· Soccer programs for underprivileged kids
· Christmas hampers
· Kids camp/ day camp
· Coats, backpacks and school supplies for kids
The Salvation Army in Surrey provides the following services to Surrey residents in need:
· Weekly bread program
· Emergency assistance of clothing and food
· Referral Services (home start kits, dental, eyeglasses, addiction and recovery, shelters, housing searches & others)
· Emergency and Disaster Response (including a fully equipped Community Crisis Response Vehicle)
· Summer Holiday Camps
· Income Tax Program
· Community Dental Days
· Backpacks and coats for Kids
· Christmas Hampers (Christmas dinner, toys for kids and adults)
· Pro Bono Legal Clinic
The Salvation Army began in Canada in 1882, and is the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services, serving 1.5 million people each year, in over 400 communities.
The Salvation Army BC Division
604.296.3819 c. 604.340.6324