The Salvation Army in Ontario Christmas Kettle Campaign Raises Over $9.4 Million to Bring Hope and Security for Those in Need

by chrismcgregor
Categories: Divisional News
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Our generous Army of Givers from across Ontario donated $9,457,592 million during The Salvation Army’s annual Christmas Kettle Campaign that kicked off in November and concluded on December 24, 2021.

“We are incredibly grateful for the ongoing generosity of all individuals, businesses, organizations and community partners who donated to the 2021 Christmas Kettle Campaign. Your donations ensure The Salvation Army is there to provide hope to the most vulnerable people in communities across Ontario,” said Glenn van Gulik, Divisional Secretary for Public Relations with The Salvation Army Ontario Division.

This year’s goal was pegged at $12 million, and while COVID-19 continued to impact fundraising, we still achieved 75 percent of our target.

“The health and safety of our volunteers and staff remains our primary focus during COVID-19, and we continue to adapt and evolve how individuals can give which includes enhancing our contactless giving options and encouraging online donations,” said van Gulik.

“This year’s campaign was a tremendous success, and while our Christmas Kettle Campaign has come to a close, donations are still accepted throughout the year and go directly to support local community programs and services.”

Funds raised during the Christmas Kettle Campaign remain in the community to fund programs and services year-round.

“Thank you to all of our generous donors, volunteers and retail partners who helped make this year’s Christmas Kettle Campaign a success,” said van Gulik. “You are truly making a difference in your community and providing hope to those struggling with homelessness, addictions, food insecurity and mental health.

In Ontario, The Salvation Army provides hope in over 150 communities with shelter and transitional housing, programs for young parents and seniors, food banks, correctional and justice services programs, emergency disaster services, summer camp and youth programs. Donations can still be made online at any time at www.salvationarmy.ca.