Christmas should be about celebrating, good memories, and family coming together.
But for many people visiting the local food bank, Christmas can be a reminder that they are alone, hungry, struggling with an addiction, or can’t afford a Christmas present for their child.
You can help change that. The Salvation Army annual Christmas kettle campaign runs from Saturday to Dec. 24.
“The annual kettle campaign is a major primary fundraising drive for the Vernon food bank,” said Capt. Jean-Curtis Plante with the Vernon Salvation Army.
“These funds raised locally go directly to support those in need in Vernon with many different Christmas programs offered including Christmas hampers, gifts for children and programming to many of Vernon’s forgotten and most vulnerable seniors.”
Christmas kettles provide 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.
To raise these funds, the Salvation Army needs volunteers to help fill a two-hour shift at one of our 13 locations in Vernon this season.
“Teams or businesses are able to sign-up and cover an entire date or location,” said Plante.
“For those with physical limitations, we made changes this year to shorten the shifts to only two hours and are including stools to make the time on your kettle shift much more comfortable and enjoyable.”
Visit www.vernonhouseofhope.com to sign-up online and select the dates that suit you or your team best. You can also donate financially online.
For more details or questions on how to get involved with kettles, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The online system will automatically generate an official, government approved e-receipt accompanied by an e-mail thanking the donor for their support of the work of the Salvation Army.
The process typically only takes a few minutes at which point the transaction is complete.
“There are many exciting opportunities to give back this year,” said Plante.