Local Salvation Army Kettle program needs bell ringers

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SANDRA M STANWAY
Brooks Bulletin

The Salvation Army’s iconic kettle campaign, the biggest fundraiser of the year for the organization, needs bell ringers for its annual Christmas drive in Brooks.
The campaign runs from Thursdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Dec. 22.
Kaitlyn Young, Medicine Hat’s Salvation Army pastor, said it’s a feel good volunteer opportunity to stand by the red kettle, ring a bell and collect funds.
“One hundred per cent of the proceeds that are raised in Brooks stay in Brooks,” she said.
“The Salvation Army provides social support for communities in need all year round. The kettle money reimburses that fund each year so we can continue to support people through 2019 and into 2020.”
Canada’s first kettle was used in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1906 and today there are over 2,000 kettles collecting money for their community.
This year’s goal is $50,000, just $2,000 more than was collected in 2017.
Kettle locations are Canadian Tire, Freson Bros., No Frills and Walmart but too often the kettles are going unattended due to a lack of volunteers.
“The simple fact of the matter is the kettles do so much better when there is a smiling face ringing the bell and saying Merry Christmas than when the kettle is all by itself hanging there with no one manning it,” she said.
She said it’s a good program for a community or sports group to organize volunteers for a day.
“It’s a good opportunity for people to serve their community and show mutual support for one another.”
Anyone who wants to help is urged to call Kaitlyn at 403-878-4293.