Kettle volunteers sought

Salvation Army campaign is being launched at a pancake breakfast by donation at the Talkin’ Donkey Thursday

Community-minded individuals are needed for the Salvation Army’s Christmas kettle campaign.

The campaign, which raises funds for the Vernon food bank and other programs, runs from Thursday to Dec. 24.

“Volunteering, whether at Christmas or another time, can be a very rewarding experience,” said David MacBain, with the Salvation Army.

To be a host for two-hour or three-hour shifts, call Kendra at 250-307-7770.

To maintain current services, the Salvation Army needs to collect $460,000 between the kettles and the mail campaign.

“The kettle portion of that goal is $140,000, $15,000 more than we received last year,” said MacBain.

“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.”

The campaign is being launched at a pancake breakfast by donation at the Talkin’ Donkey Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., with all funds going to the Salvation Army food bank and Sunshine Bags.

MacBain believes the community will rally behind residents in need.

“In the past, whenever we have expressed a need, they have displayed great generosity.  For that continued support we are certainly grateful,” he said.

“Thank you to all of the businesses, individuals and clubs which plan to offer financial donations and conduct food drives this season.  Your support of The Salvation Army is evidence of your support for the citizens of Vernon.”

For the first time, the Salvation Army can receive donations by both debit and credit cards at its thrift stores, the Talkin Donkey coffee house and at the food bank.

Financial donations to the food bank can also be made at www.vernonbcfoodbank.com or mailed to 3303 32nd Ave., Vernon, B.C., V1T 2M7.