Salvation Army Major Bruce MacKenzie holds one of the kettles that will be at six different locations in Port Alberni starting Friday Nov. 30. The organization's kettle campaign runs until Dec. 24

Salvation Army Major Bruce MacKenzie holds one of the kettles that will be at six different locations in Port Alberni starting Friday Nov. 30. The organization's kettle campaign runs until Dec. 24

Christmas kettle campaign set to launch in Alberni

The Salvation Army kettle campaign in Port Alberni starts on Friday, Nov. 30 and volunteers are needed to help the fundraising initiative.

The Salvation Army is dusting off its kettles in preparation for another Christmas campaign.

The initiative kicks off on Friday, Nov. 30 and runs until Christmas eve, coordinator John Cloke said.

The Salvation Army’s goal this year is to raise $65,000 through the kettle campaign, Cloke said. Last year the campaign raised $68,000, which was up from its fundraising goal of $50,000.

The kettles will be located at various locations around the city, such as Walmart, Buy-Low Foods, the BC Liquor Store, Safeway, Fairway Market, and Quality Foods. Buy-Low is the only location with a kettle located indoors.

The initiative raises funds to provide Christmas hampers to needy families in the Alberni Valley. The Salvation Army expects to provide upwards of 200 hampers this year but the number can fluctuate. “We put together 400 hampers last Christmas. And we provide from 70-200 hampers a week throughout the year,” Major Bruce MacKenzie said.

The organization also supports low income people by assisting them with replacement furniture and clothing.

The initiative relies on volunteers to be successful. Community groups like Kiwanis and Rotary help man the kettles. Some clubs match their daily donation tally, and others adopt a family during the holidays, Cloke said.

The campaign can still use volunteers, who will be required to fill a two-hour shift between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at one of the locations. Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to call John Cloke at 250-723-6913.

According to the the Salvation Army website, the Christmas Kettle Campaign was started in San Francisco by Captain Joseph McFee in 1891.

It expanded to New York in 1901, and it served 150,000 Christmas dinners to the needy from The Big Apple to the West Coast.

The first time a kettle was used in Canada was in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1906.

The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army support the vulnerable in 400 communities across Canada and more than 120 countries around the world.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

Twitter.com/AlberniNews

Just Posted

Black Press file photo
RCMP seek suspect in Vancouver Island-wide crime spree

Crimes stretched from Deep Bay to Qualicum, Ladysmith, Chemainus and Youbou

Things are looking up for Vancouver Island as zero COVID-19 cases have been reported for the first time since October. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Island records zero new COVID-19 cases for the first time since October

For the first time since October, the province is reporting zero new… Continue reading

The remains of the Mid-Island Co-op in Whiskey Creek along the Alberni Highway on Friday, June 18, after a blaze the day before devastated the gas station. (Michael Briones photo)
VIDEO: Whiskey Creek gas station destroyed by fire after camper van explosion

Nine fire departments responded to the incident, no injuries reported

New Vancouver Island University chancellor Judith Sayers was sworn in at a virtual ceremony June 17. (Submitted photo)
VIU’s new chancellor seeks innovation and equality in post-secondary education

Judith Sayers officially sworn in as Vancouver Island University chancellor

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
B.C. drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250 hectares of wildfire

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

A North Vancouver man was arrested Friday and three police officers were injured after a 10-person broke out at English Bay on June 19, 2021. (Youtube/Screen grab)
Man arrested, 3 police injured during 10-person brawl at Vancouver beach

The arrest was captured on video by bystanders, many of whom heckled the officers as they struggled with the handcuffed man

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Most Read