Maritimers answered the bell again for those in need in their community, contributing a record total of $1.84 million to The Salvation Army’s annual Christmas kettle campaign in 2014.
Kettles appeared at 200 locations throughout Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, collecting funds from mid-November until Christmas Eve. In 2013, Maritimers donated $1.71 million to the campaign.
Kettle funds support our Christmas hamper program, which provides Christmas dinner and gifts for all children in the home for thousands of families in the region. Funds also allow The Salvation Army to continue to provide necessities such as food, clothing and shelter to those in need. This includes providing food banks, soup kitchens, feeding programs, operating full-time shelters, providing temporary emergency shelter, sending children to summer camp, offering back-to-school supplies, emergency clothing, responding when needed through our Emergency Disaster Services, and more.
All money raised in a community stays in that community to support the work of The Salvation Army. Many communities around the region saw a significant increase in their kettle totals, including Charlottetown (increase of over $30,000), Moncton and Sydney (increase of over $15,000 each).
“We are once again grateful to Maritimers for the success of our kettle campaign,” says Major Alison Cowling, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army Maritime Division. “This record total is thanks to our generous donors, who continue to support us each and every year. Funds raised during the campaign will continue to give hope today to those who need it the most in our community.”
Nationally, The Salvation Army raised $22 million from coast-to-coast, an increase over last year’s total of $21 million.