Fundraiser fall short of goal

The Salvation Army raised $368,770 during its Christmas fundraisers in Vernon and Enderby.

A North Okanagan agency vows to keep helping residents in need despite a decrease in revenue.

The Salvation Army raised $368,770 during its Christmas fundraisers in Vernon and Enderby.

“Though the funds received from the community fell nearly $37,000 short of 2013 donation totals, and considerably less than what we anticipated to collect over this fundraising time, we are committed to programing and will be looking for outside sources to make up the difference,” said Capt. Jean-Curtis Plante.

The Christmas mail campaign had a target of $405,000 while the goal for the kettle campaign was $160,000.

The Salvation Army is expanding programing in 2015 to help residents expand their skills so they can adjust to life’s unexpected challenges.

“Even the addition of an opportunity to offer something as simple as a free haircut is a way we are encouraging those who come to our doorstep,” said David MacBain, community ministries director.

The agency was able to put together Christmas food hampers and raise funds for the food bank thanks to the support of community donors and volunteers who rang bells and helped out at the hamper distribution centre.

“In order to collect such food and funds many individuals stepped up to the plate to help,” said MacBain.

The Christmas depot was set up in the old Far West building and space is being sought for the 2015 holiday season.

“We would invite property owners to keep us in mind for this year as our goal to have the distribution location confirmed by September,” said  MacBain.

Storage at the downtown food bank is currently an issue, with more than 50 pallets of food occupying space.

“We are in urgent need of temporary warehouse space so we can keep ourselves working as efficiently as possible,” said MacBain.

If you are able to help with storage space, call 250-549-4111 or go to www.vernonbcfoodbank.com.