HALIFAX – Once again, Maritimers answered The Salvation Army’s call for support for its annual Kettle Campaign contributing $1.86 million to help deliver vital programs and services across our communities this year.
Kettle funds were collected at 200 sites across the Maritimes from mid-November through to December 23. Donations were also received through The Salvation Army’s online kettle campaign at fillthekettle.ca and via the Salvation Army Kettle App available on the Apple App Store and Google Play.
“We are very grateful to our generous donors across the Maritimes for helping to create another successful Kettle Campaign,” says Jamie Locke, divisional secretary of public relations and development.
“The need for basic life necessities – food, clothing, and shelter are often out of reach for many. The kettle funds will help us continue to provide support via programs and services to those who need it most.”
Last year in Canada, The Salvation Army provided support to over 1.9 million people. Here in the Maritimes, The Salvation Army operates 28 units in 21 communities providing food, clothing, shelter, after school programs, addiction rehabilitation services, emergency and disaster response and more.
“With over 300,000 Maritimers living as low-income earners and many thousands more living in poverty, we expect the demand for our programs and services to increase every year,” says Locke.
Nationally, The Salvation Army collected $23.1 million, surpassing the $2.1 million goal.
The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and every day in 400 communities across Canada and over 128 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, providing shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community.