Greater Vernon residents are rallying behind those in need.
The Vernon Salvation Army has raised $98,145 through its mail-out and kettle campaign. This is a $13,000 increase from the same time last.
“We are incredibly thankful for such a positive start,” said Capt. Jean-Curtis Plante, adding that the campaign goal is $500,000.
Donations can be made online at vernonhouseofhope.com/ or at the House of Hope in downtown Vernon.
Donations can also be made at kettles until Dec. 24.
“We are still in need of volunteers to help fill a two-hour shift at one of our 13 locations this season,” said Plante.
Visit vernonhouseofhope.com/ to sign-up online and select the dates that suit you best to volunteer.
For more details or questions on how to get involved with kettles, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-309-3837.
Donations of food and money will also be collected Saturday and Sunday during Shoparama at the Vernon Recreation Complex.
Suggested items to donate are peanut butter, canned meat and fish, beans, and kids’ healthy snack items.