The Salvation Army’s Christmas kettle campaign was launched last Friday, November 20th. For the occasion, personnel from The Salvation Army gathered at the Montreal Christ Church Cathedral to celebrate the launch of the most important fundraising event of the organization. The Army’s band played Christmas music, and hot chocolate, doughnuts and miniature bells were handed out to passers-by to inform them of the kettles scattered throughout Montreal until December 24th.
The funds raised will remain in the community and be used to help disadvantaged families through a broad range of programs and services, notably:
- Family Services that provide low income families with food hampers, vouchers to buy clothing, Christmas presents and back to school supplies and essentials, while offering counselling and compassion.
- The Booth Centre, a residential facility that offers to men struggling with addiction, mental illness or homelessness a safe environment and the possibility to integrate into society.
- L’Abri d’espoir, a shelter and residential facility for women in distress with or without children, that meets the immediate needs of its clientele and offers services and programs that promote social reintegration.
- The lac de l’Achigan summer camp that provides to some 500 children, for the most part from vulnerable families, a unique opportunity to learn, eat nutritious food and make new friends.
- The street ministry that provides homeless people with food, hot beverages, clothing as well as counselling and references.
The Salvation Army offers a broad range of services, but the demand increases every year.
Make a difference in your community. Several options are available to you during the Holidays:
- Make a donation in one of the Christmas kettles.
- Volunteer to man a Christmas kettle.
- Participate in our numerous initiatives: Angel tree, Adopt a family and Offer a turkey to a family.
- Donate clothing and other items that could be helpful to others.
Thanks to the generosity of our donors and volunteers, families will have a merry Christmas in a dignified way.