West Kelowna, B.C. (Jan. 22) — The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign managed to hit provincial and national fundraising targets this year, raising $4.16 million and $23.5 respectively. In West Kelowna/Westbank/Peachland we raised $146,016, which will stay right here to help the community.
Due to the high cost of living in British Columbia, more people than ever are living at or below the poverty line. Across Canada one in seven struggle to make ends meet. The annual Christmas campaign depends on this critical time of year to supply funding for programs and services to help these people, especially those in our community.
“Funds raised during the campaign stay local to help feed, clothe and assist some of our most vulnerable citizens,” says spokesperson Lt. Rob Henson “In many cases we are dealing with our most vulnerable citizens, many of whom are living in crisis. These funds will have a direct and meaningful impact on the lives of the individuals and families we serve. And it is because of our community … thank you.”
Each year, the Army relies on numerous corporate partners, including Walmart Canada, London Drugs, BC Liquor Stores, IGA, Save-on-Foods, Superstore, and many more, who generously allow Christmas kettles to be placed at their stores.
Although Christmas is over, The Salvation Army continues to assist vulnerable people every day of the year. Over 1.7 million people were helped last year and we expect this number to increase in 2020.
To make a financial contribution, or to volunteer your time, please visit www.westkelownasa.ca or call 250-768-1850 (extension 2).
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Thank you for all your gift of time and giving heart this year!
The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become one of the largest providers of social services in the country. Working in over 55 communities in B.C. and 400 communities across Canada we provide practical, compassionate support to meet basic human needs. By giving people hope, we transform lives of British Colombians today and every day. westkelownasa.ca