A tradition that started in the 1800s with one Salvation Army officer, an iron kettle on a pier in San Francisco, and his goal of cooking up a Christmas meal for the less fortunate has grown into one of the Salvation Army’s main and most recognizable fundraisers.
“The Kettle Campaign is a long standing tradition with the Salvation Army and it is an essential part of our fundraising,” said David MacBain, community ministries director of the Salvation Army Vernon.
The campaign is being launched at a pancake breakfast by donation at the Talkin’ Donkey Nov. 21 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., with all funds going to the Salvation Army food bank and Sunshine Bags.
Mayor Rob Sawatzky and the Vernon Vipers will serve coffee and photos can be taken with the Talkin’ Donkey mascot for a $5 donation.
“To maintain current services we need to collect $460,000 between the kettles and our mail campaign.
“The kettle portion of that goal is $140,000, $15,000 more than we received last year, however since we want to be in a position to expand services as needs arise, to pass that $460,000 target would be a true blessing,” said MacBain.
They are always looking for volunteers to operate the kettles for two or three-hour shifts.
Anyone who is interested in being a kettle host, can contact Kendra at 250-307-7770.