The Salvation Army in Edmonton officially launched its annual Christmas Kettle Campaign on November 18 at The Hope in the City Luncheon that raised just under $98,000 towards their 2015 goal of $550,000. Guest speaker Cam Tait, veteran journalist, author and comedian kept the audience of 290 captivated with his remarkable story of how hope helped him overcome his physical limitations stemming from cerebral palsy. His inspirational address brought the crowd to its feet in a standing ovation.
The money raised through the Kettle Campaign will make up nearly half of The Salvation Army’s Community and Family Services operational budget. This will allow them to not only provide toys for children and festive food hampers for Christmas, but also year-round services and programming, such as children’s camp, counselling, seniors programming, income tax returns preparation, household goods, clothing, baby layettes – and of course, underwear, socks, toques, mitts, and coats.
“The face of poverty is changing in our country. No longer is it just the person living on the street or those who are unemployed,” Executive Director of Community and Family Services, Major Carolyn Hale said. “Today, families where one or both parents are working are still finding it hard to provide the basic necessities such as food and clothing for their children. I’ve noticed recently that in addition to our regular individuals we are seeing many new faces and younger faces each week. The need is great and increasing daily.”
A special thank you goes out to our generous Hope in the City sponsors: Frank J. Flaman Foundation, The Leder Charitable Foundation, FAS Group of Companies, Visions Enterprise, Peace Hills Insurance, 630 CHED, CISN Country, and Echo Promotions. Your support helps Give Hope Today.
The Christmas Kettle Campaign depends on the generosity of the public and thousands of dedicated volunteers. There are many ways that you can help, whether it’s making a donation or volunteering just a few hours of your time. Donations can be made at any of the Christmas Kettles located across Edmonton, by visiting www.fillthekettle.com, or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. To volunteer, please call 780-412-2636.