The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign Helping Less Fortunate Families In Saskatoon

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SASKATOON CITY COUNCILLOR PAT LORJE KICKING OFF THE 2012 KETTLE CAMPAIGN IN THE BRIDGE CITY

Saskatoon, SK – For too many in Saskatoon, the necessities of life needed for basic human dignity are out of reach. Poverty is the root cause that puts dignity out of reach for thousands of people in the bridge city, where access to everyday needs like food, clothing and shelter is difficult. That is why your support towards the annual Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign is so important.

In Saskatoon, the 2012 Campaign kicked off at Midtown Plaza Mall on Thursday, November 15th.

The kettles, found in 21 locations across the city, are an opportunity for the public to donate whatever funds they can to support the work of The Salvation Army during the Christmas season and throughout the year.

“The Salvation Army kettle donations are so vital during a time when needs are growing rapidly,” says Saskatoon Salvation Army Executive Director Major Malba Holliday. “Much of the money raised goes to the Salvation Army Christmas hampers ensuring everyone has an opportunity to celebrate Christmas.”

Christmas hampers help poverty stricken and low income families which includes a complete Christmas meal and new toys for each child in the family. Last year over 3000 families received assistance.

The money also provides year-to-year basic needs such as emergency food, clothing, work training programs, camp for underprivileged kids and the homeless.

This year’s fundraising goal is $275,000 in Saskatoon, up from the $250,000 goal in 2011 which The Salvation Army exceeded.

People wishing to donate can find our kettles at 21 locations:

Circle Drive Mall; SLGA Liquor Store – 8th Street; Superstore – 8th Street; Market Mall – Safeway; Market Mall – BMO; WalMart – Stonebridge; WalMart – Blairmore Centre; WalMart – Preston Crossing; Canadian Tire – Preston Crossing; Lawson Heights – Food court; Costco; Midtown Plaza Mall – 21st Street; Midtown Mall – Food court; Farmers Market (Saturdays); Lawson Heights – Zellers; All (4) Co-op Grocery Stores; Dutch Growers Garden Centre; Scott’s Parable Christian Store

Other donation options include hosting your own iKettle (an online kettle which you can customize and invite others via email to donate and fill); or you can donate online at www.fillthekettle.com.

Volunteers would also be much appreciated to stand at the kettles. If you can volunteer please contact “Christmas” Carol at the Saskatoon Community Centre at (306) 242-6833 ext. 226 or call her cell at (306) 202-3213.

This year’s campaign ends December 24th.