A lot of volunteers will be needed for the Salvation Army’s annual Christmas kettle campaign.
Moose Jaw Salvation Army Capt. Laurie Reilly said they will need about 20,000 hours of volunteer work with at least 150 volunteers able to do between two and three shifts. The kickoff for the program is on Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. at the Co-op grocery store.
“It is used for Christmas hampers and we still have to buy some toys as well,” said Reilly, adding that the money raised goes toward this year’s Christmas hampers and all other year-round programs.
“Then after that, it’s put in the Community Family Services account and that helps fund our vouchers that we give assistance to people who are in need of food or furniture and stuff (but) mostly food ... A lot of it goes to the hampers. There’s usually not that much left over. We need to make sure it’s used for the community and for helping people.”
The kettle campaign is also the fund the Times-Herald Christmas Stocking Fund money goes into every year. Last year the fund made $21,726 and this year’s goal is $22,000. All of the money is used for hampers in the local community.
People can donate money to the fund by dropping it off at the Times-Herald office during office hours, which are Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Alternatively, people can mail donations in to: P.O. Box 3000, Moose Jaw, SK, S6H 6E4.
For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.