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Kettle Campaign goal is $190,000

The Salvation Army wants to raise $190,000 in this year’s Christmas Kettle campaign.

“We raised $198,000 last year, our best year ever, and we’re hoping it’s not just a fluke,” said Major Larry Bridger, the Sally Ann’s local director and pastor.

The campaign runs until Dec. 22 and new this year is the ability to make a $5 donation by texting HOPE2010 to 45678.

Donations can also be made online at of by calling 1-800-SAL ARMY (725-2769).

Volunteers are still needed to staff the nine full-time and three part-time kettle locations. Sponsors for the Adopt-A-Family program are also needed.

Bridger said recent news of frauds against the Salvation Army — one in Toronto for $2 million, the other in Ottawa for $250,000 — have no bearing locally.

“Donations we receive all stay in Red Deer. Everything is distributed locally.”

The frauds shouldn’t stop Central Albertans from supporting the local effort, said Mayor Morris Flewwelling in his kickoff comments.

“We sympathize with them and we want to make sure we are strong and healthy in our Salvation Army here.”

Other events the Salvation Army plans this Christmas season include the annual Santa Shuffle, a nationwide five-km fun run and one-km walk on Dec. 1. In Red Deer, the Santa Shuffle takes place at Rotary Park.

As well, the Salvation Army will be visiting seniors in nursing homes and residences during December to sing carols and distribute gifts.

And the service will again host a Christmas Day dinner at noon in the Salvation Army Church at 4837 54th St.

For more information on all the church’s programs and to register for Christmas assistance, call 403-346-2251.



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