The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign began in parts of Ottawa over the weekend and runs through December 24, 2018. This year’s campaign goal is set at $550,000 to meet the needs of individuals and families in our community. This year 43 Christmas Kettles will be out in shopping centres and stores around the city of Ottawa.
Money raised during the campaign stays local, helping to fund vital programs serving thousands of people in need in our community. It helps provide nutritious meals through our Community Food Line as well as emergency food and clothing to families and individuals.
The campaign supports our Emergency Disaster Services program, which offers 24/7 deployment of food, water, clothing, and emotional and spiritual care for displaced individuals and families as a result of fires, disasters and emergencies. Some examples include last year’s flooding and this year’s tornadoes in Ottawa. It also supports our emergency services personnel responding to a disaster.
The Christmas Kettle Campaign also supports programs for young parents and their children, community after school programs including sports, music and youth groups and helps fill the shelves of our food banks. It also funds our Nourish programs and Nourish Garden to promote healthy eating and provide fresh produce to families.
“Thank you to this generous community for supporting The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign every year,” said Divisional Secretary for Public Relations Glenn van Gulik. “Every dollar put into a kettle stays local to support programs here in Ottawa.”
The Salvation Army is still in need of volunteers for their Christmas Kettle Campaign. Just a few hours of your time can make a lasting difference in someone’s life. If you would like to volunteer please call 613-241-1573 x 332 or visit www.salvationarmyottawa.ca/kettles